Beth // James is an indie folk duo from Austin, Texas made up of award winning singer-songwriters Mikaela Beth Kahn and Jordan James Burchill. Their original songs and razor sharp musicianship pick up where the Civil Wars left off. Their debut EP, All In Life, is "a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm," according to Paste Magazine. The EP was named one of "5 Standout EP's" of 2017 by the Austin American-Statesman, national blog, PopDose, recently named them as "Top New Artists of 2017", and the duo was recently voted runner-ups for "Best New Austin Band" in the 2017 Austin Music Awards.
The duo only began writing together in 2016, though they met in 2008 while studying jazz at the University of North Texas. Through the years they've played in various bands together, but All In Life takes their musical chemistry to the next level. Creating their own unique sound, Beth // James navigates effortlessly among American music traditions, rooted in storytelling, but with added indie pop/rock elements, intricate guitar work and arresting harmony.
All In Life, their debut EP, is available now everywhere music is sold.
Debut single, Lion Eyes, January 31, 2017.
Second single, Bring Your Fire To Me, March 28, 2017.
Debut EP, All In Life, April 28, 2017.
"Sophisticated folk-pop." Named one of "5 Standout EPs" for 2017.
-Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman
"All In Life, combines a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm. The EP taps into the soul of a rhythmic back and forth between two distinct voices blending into one."
"Oh so sweet on the ears. While the nightly news was filled with loud, angry and ugly headlines, the lovely tunes flowing from deep in the heart of Texas proved to be the perfect antidote."
"Sounds like the promise of days growing longer, and the possibilities of youth."
-The Autumn Roses
"Burchill and Kahn evoke a gorgeous folk atmosphere filled with a sense of its own expansiveness.
"Their sweet acoustic melodies make you think of open fields and swinging hammocks."
"Supremely delicate, achieving a perfect infusion...smooth and harmonious to a (cough) tee."
- Americana UK
"Feels like something The Civil Wars would have once done, except that Beth // James fans the flames of soul even stronger."
"Austin indie-folk duo Beth // James have made quite the name for themselves in the local scene since the release of their standout 2017 debut EP, All In Life...both colorful and dreamy, will leave the listener in a trance until the very end."
- Track Rambler
Debut EP All In Life Named one of "5 Standout EPs" of 2017
by the Austin American-Statesman
Best New Austin Band Runner-Up in the 2017 Austin Music Awards
Top New Artists of 2017
Winners of two Ghosty Awards 2017
Best Texas Song for "Bring Your Fire To Me", and Best Texas EP for "All In Life"
NewSong LEAF 2016
Singer-Songwriter Competition Finalists
International Acoustic Music Awards 2016 Finalists Best Group/Duo for "Lion Eyes" and "Bring Your Fire To Me"
Indie International Songwriting Competition
5th Place 2016 Folk Category for "Boastful Heart"
Venues Played (Partial List)
Kerrville Folk Festival, TX
NewSong LEAF Festival, NC
Vashon Island Strawberry Festival, WA
C-Boy's Heart & Soul
Geraldine's (at Hotel Van Zandt)
Guero's Taco Bar (Sun Radio's Texas Radio Live)
Hole In The Wall
Strange Brew Loungeside
The Gallery (Continental Club)
Dan's Silverleaf (Denton)
Harvest House (Denton)
Sofar Sounds DFW
Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse
Magical Winter Lights Festival
Alberta Street Pub, Portland
Bake’s Place, Bellevue
Der Hinterhoff, Leveanworth
Duff’s Garage, Portland
Kelly’s Mercantile, Enumclaw
Mercer Island Farmer's Market, Mercer Island
Stone Way Cafe, Seattle
The Conway Muse, Conway
The Sugar Shack, Vashon
The Waypost, Portland
Triple Door Musiquarium, Seattle
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