Singer-songwriter: album review – Garnett Betts

‘Moonlight Door’

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Following his 2020 album Highfield (reviewed here), Canandian singer-songwriter, Garnett Betts, has a new album out. Like its predecessor, this latest offering Moonlight Door is another pleasingly eclectic selection of original songs rounded off with a couple of instrumentals.

“The thread of story is always central to my love of songwriting, and often the twill is spun from my observance of a friend, the village that surrounds us, or a personal event,” says Betts. “Gone Like The Wind is my telling of a friend’s life with his band-mates, who would throw their gear and a generator in the van and head out to the Joshua Tree Forest, from their regular house gig at the Starwood in L.A., to play in the desert for a day or two. Though his recounting of those days was richly detailed, I found that I could only ‘speak’ of it from the point of view of my imagined and mystified listeners in the desert.

With his laid-back country-tinged, bluesy vocal delivery and influences that take in rock, jazz and blues, Betts makes for a compelling storyteller. He’s also a fine guitarist, too. Top-notch musical back-up courtesy of acclaimed jazz pianist Karel Roessingh (piano and keyboards), Rick May (bass) and Sascha Enns (hand percussion) makes for a highly listenable package. Beautiful original cover art is provided by Lorraine Thorarinson Betts. Once again, another fine album from Mr Betts and well worth checking out.

Available via: https://garnettbetts.com/

Released: December 2021

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Thanks to CIOE Nova Scotia for playing songs from Moonlight Door

Thanks to Rodeo Joe at WCNI in New London Connecticut for playing songs from Moonlight Door

September 4, 2022

TOP songs on Radio Free Phoenix from Online Radio Box

James McMurtry — Pocatello
The Red Locusts — Love Is Going to Save the Day
Garnett Betts — Looking Back at Lonely
Rossington Collins Band — I’m Free Today
Alison Krauss — You Led Me To The Wrong
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers — I Got This
Old Sea Brigade — Resistance
Tedeschi Trucks Band — I Am The Moon
ZZ Top — Brown Sugar
Gymnasium — Little Disaster
Thanks to Andy Olson at Radio Free Phoenix for playing music from Moonlight Door – May 2022

Mexico City Rock Connection77

Thank you George for featuring “Gone Like The Wind” in Mexico City!


Thanks to George Graham at WVIA NPR in Pennsylvania for playing Moonlight Door
Thanks to Al Yardy
at KB Radio Canada
for playing “Gone Like The Wind
from Moonlight Door

Thanks to Grant Grindley
at Witney Radio
West Oxfordshire U.K.
A community station – “no robots, no algorithms,  just people passionate about music and it’s diversity – willing to open our ears to something new”.

Sunday Coffee House – BELLEVILLE

We’re serving up some NuFolk in the coffee house Sunday from Tiny Fighter, Andy Sydow & Garnett Betts. Also a GreatCoverUp from Urban Monroes Bluegrass taking on a Green Day classic. Rounding out the big show: Leeroy Stagger, Fred Eaglesmith, Durham County Poets, The Waifs, Ken Dunn Music and more!

Sunday Coffee House

8am & 8pm New Scotland Radio, Halifax

9am Hunters Bay Radio, 88.7FM, Muskoka

10am & 10pm 91X FM Alternative Radio, 91.3FM, Belleville

11am 100.9 Canoe FM Community Radio, Haliburto…

CFBX – FEBRUARY 2022

Top 10 Roots Albums February 2022

Leeroy Stagger* – Dystopian Weekends (Tonic)
Gordie Tentrees* – Mean Old World (Independent)
The McDades* – The Empress (Independent)
Red Dirt Skinners* – Bear with Us (Independent)
Garnett Betts* – Moonlight Door (Independent)
Dustbowl Daddies* – Boom and Bust Economies of Love (Independent)
The Fretless* – Open House (Birthday Cake)
Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days (Elektra)
Ben Caplan* – Recollection (Independent)
Jaclyn Reinhart* – Sleep With Ghosts (Independent)

Apple Music 

https://music.apple.com/ca/album/moonlight-door/1601680309


Program episodes……..

Thanks to Greg Archibald at KCR-FM Nelson. Greg’s show presents a cross section of music genres: rock and roll, blues, jazz, country, classical, folk.
Streamed at https://www.kootenaycoopradio.com  6:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesdays & 11 AM Mondays.


TOP 30 FEB 10TH, 2022 CFBX FM

1)The Hypnotics* – Static Fuzz Radio Singles EP (Independent)
2) Odonis Odonis* – Spectrums (Felte)
3) David Cogo* – Silver Cup (Cordova Bay)
4) Red Dirt Skinners* – Bear with Us (Independent)
5) Said the Whale* – Dandelion (Everything Forever)
6) Men I Trust* – Untourable Album (Return to Analog)
7) Garnett Betts* – Moonlight Door (Independent)
8) Spectres* – Hindsight (Artoffact)
9) Leeroy Stagger* – Dystopian Weekends (Tonic)
10) Gordie Tentrees* – Mean Old World (Independent)
11) M.M. Crone* – Ghost Crystal (Independent)
12) The McDades* – The Empress (Independent)
13) Dustbowl Daddies* – Boom and Bust Economies of Love (Independent)
14) Colin James* – Open Road (Stony Plain)
15) Sword Cold* – Demo 2 (Independent)
16) Various Artists* – Emerge: A West Coast Dance Music Sampler (Serkeus)
17) Beatchild* – Unselfish Desires (BBE)
18) Jeen* – Dog Bite (Red Brick)
19) Julie Doiron* – I Thought of You (You’ve Changed)
20) Sonia Aimy* – Reconnect (Independent)
21) Astral Swans* – Astral Swans (Independent)
22) Greg Amirault* – News Blues (Independent)
23) Lost Love* – Empathy (Artifice)
24) Hate it Too* – Gaslighting EP (Hell for Breakfast)
25) Zane Coppard* – A Solar Flair (Independent)
26) Mike Nagoda* – Outside the Box (Independent)
27) daysormay** – daysormay (Independent)
28) Jaclyn Reinhart* – Sleep with Ghosts (Independent)
29) Phonosonics* – New Again (Independent)
30) Norman Blake – Day by Day (Smithsonian Folkways)


RADIO SHOW FRIDAY FEB. 4

Gerry Jack Macks

Swing, Country, Boogie, Blues

and More on Beautiful Noise Radio

Thursday, February 3, 2022 ꟷ Beautiful Noise ꟷ a Canadian Music Showcase , JonathanMike RudBrian BouthillierKevin and Jill Fai of the Duo Moving LinesSean GuitarNerd Luciw, and Norine Braun will be joined by Jaclyn ReinhartLeeroy Stagger, Garnett Betts, and Frank Mighty’s Hotline tomorrow

April 22, 2022:

Thanks for playing High Bar from Moonlight Door on Friday’s show!