The pandemic turned the entire musical community upside down, and Beth Snapp’s story was no different… for the most part. 2019 saw her participating in various Folk and Americana festivals and songwriting competitions (including Kerrville’s New Folk Competition, LEAF’s New Song Music, Songwriter Serenade Winner, TN Dept of Tourism’s Songwriter’s Week Winner). She had enjoyed a Folk Alliance Chart top 10 spot from her 2018 EP “Don’t Apologize.” Press and accolades were building. Then, cue 2020.
While lucky to cling to a day job as a healthcare worker in Northeast TN, Beth soon found herself working in the throes of her local COVID unit. This, she reports, took her song away for a while. Some asked if it gave her songwriting fodder. Instead, there were no words, or music, for months. Some moments are too much for words.
As the pandemic halt began to fade and music began to emerge (although in ways no one in 2019 would have imagined), she then found herself in surgery for a nerve injury in her arm that could have proven to completely revoke her of guitar playing. However, it didn’t.
Now, in 2023, Beth is finishing up her full-length project with Barry Bales at the production helm (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, cowriter with Chris Stapleton, Grammy/IBMA/CMA Song of the Year winner). Album is set to be released by end of fall to early winter. She also has released a folk-pop single “Try Them On,” a positive affirmation of identity which implores the listener to try on whoever they have dreamed of being. 2023 is gaining momentum, and she’s more than ready for it.
You can also hear Beth’s guest vocal spots with bluegrass super group Blue Highway, Grammy and IBMA winner Tim Stafford, and ‘The Voice’ Contestant Carson Peters.