Press/Reviews

—“Beth is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, music supervisor, arranger, producer, and performer who enjoys crossing stylistic boundaries. Her music is deeply thoughtful and evokes a tangible sense of time and place. As one of the first graduates of Berklee’s songwriting department, she studied the pioneers of all eras and genres of writing and performing, while gaining a solid foundation in the music craft and business acumen needed to augment the talent she so obviously possesses. Specializing in matching melodies, chord progressions, and hooks to lyrics, she artfully designs her songs and compositions to create special moods, effectively articulating the yearning of the human condition beneath the surface of the words and music. Beth’s understanding of the music industry and performers’ and composers’ rights, along with her writing and performing capabilities, positions her as the “go-to” person for music licensing, film music, music supervision, music production, or any other endeavor where the requirements include professionalism, talent, and ability.”
 TOM STEIN   Professor, Professional Music, Berklee College of Music
—“Beth Sass is an American original, taking the bricolage of the every day and crafting it into something so deep and penetrating that it becomes almost sacred. Her voice, which has always been an amazing instrument, now has the texture of time and the timbre of wisdom — while lulling you into thinking you’re listening to a pop song. Her lyrics are stark and unusual (“tomorrow ripped me from your mouth”; “I should find a place where someone understands/that I am who I am/but I don’t want to work that hard”(!)) — the pure drop of economy. And have three chords and the truth ever been so brilliantly demonstrated than on the chorus “Knowing Me”? This is music that defies labels, crosses in and out of styles effortlessly, is beholden to no other artist. But somehow you know you’ve heard it before — in the deep recesses of your heart that you, yourself, could never turn into song. Fortunately, Beth Sass has.”   John Hamilton,  Pastor, First Congregational Church; musician, writer, jongleur
—“If you have the guts to listen to Knowing Me by Beth Sass be prepared to confront some introspection. Her music isn’t for the shallow or fearful. She’s both musically and lyrically deep and expects the same from her listener. Her melodies and images will haunt you after you’ve turned the music off. If you are open, she’ll bring you to tears, she’ll make you examine your life and give you reason to celebrate your survival”. –Robyn Flans, Los Angeles.
—“Because of how long I’ve been playing and doing it professionally, music has to be interesting to me both lyrically and production-wise. In  album KNOWING ME, the strong Peter Gabriel-like production doesn’t overshadow the equally strong lyrics. I felt the balance between the two was excellent, which is always the most important thing for me. I would recommend this album highly for either one. Not to mention I would listen to it for Beth’s keyboard playing/ voicings alone!”
-GREG DOTSON, NASHVILLE PRO ROCK DRUMMER
—“Beth’s evocative lyrics, unusual melodies and rich vocal quality are enhanced by her own piano accompaniment. Arranger Jerry Kimbrough completes the picture with multi-textured orchestration. Moody and captivating!”  -Lisa Silver, Nashville Singer, Songwriter, Liturgical Soloist, Violinist
—“A wistful take on Americana!  Upon listening to “Seven Songs”, I was reminded of that honest, organic sound similar to that of artists like Mary Lou Lord or Patti Smith. That being said, you are able to maintain your individuality by blending a myriad of influences and forging an eclectic take on the singer/songwriter genre. This can definitely be heard in songs like “I Forgive Myself” and “Dying Breed”. I love the twangy Emerson, Lake and Palmer-ishintro in “I Forgive Myself”. This wry little shanty then continues via crisp acoustics atop drving cadence- very catchy.I must say, though, that “Stampede” is probably my favorite song off the album. Again, another flawless intro with escalating electric lead atop the backing guitars. This song has just the type of melody that leaves an impression on first-time listeners. All in all, “Seven Songs” radiates with pastoral goodness and boasts of proficient songwriting. We here at Shut Eye would love to feature you on the third edition of our “This Is Alt Country” Compilation  .-RYAN HOFFER, SHUT EYE RECORDS
—“Beth Sass is “sassy”! She reminds me of former teen singing star, Debbie Gibson, if she had gone Country instead of going into musical theater. Beth has a lovley, lilting voice and can hit all the high notes. The more you hear her songs, the more they grow on you. I like her better than Faith Hill, too. On “I Forgive Myself” — which is like a country version of Joan Jett’s immortal “I Hate Myself for Loving You” — it’s refreshing that she sings “I don’t even want to work it out,” rather than something ultra-lame like “take me back or I’ll die,” because lyrics like that are so played and make me want to scream and punch walls. I noticed also that her performance of this fine song recalls the great Judy Collins and I can imagine hearing Beth belt out an awesome cover version of Ian Tyson’s “Some Day Soon” (which Judy covered so definitively way back in the day). That would rule!”- GAIL WORLEY, STARPOLISH
“Beth Sass accepts. She watches, she listens, she feels, she accepts. Based on her acceptance, she moves on, or not, with no blaming or whining. She is respectfully honest with whomever might be listening…especially herself. Her songs are tightly crafted narratives, movies that will necessarily play differently in your imagination than in hers. She accepts that too.”JERRY KIMBROUGH, PRODUCER, ARRANGER, ENGINEER, SESSION GUITATIST
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