Tonight, Mary Lee Kortes will play selections from The Songs of Beulah Rowley. Mary Lee explains:
I was on the road in the UK, thinking about my next record, wanting it to be different somehow, to incorporate other kinds of writing. What would that mean, I wondered, drifting off to sleep in my favorite London hotel suite (that would be my friend Lizzie’s sofabed). I woke up to find someone named “Beulah Rowley” in my head — a regionally famous 1930s midwestern singer/songwriter. I wrote a song by her on the spot, finished my tour, came home and wrote her biography. And then a bunch more songs, by her of course.
If you’d like to sample some of these songs, you can stream them and even buy them here. There’s a full album in the works, to be produced by Hal Willner.