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by Beth Wimmer

Intelligent, playful and dreamlike songs, guitar-based grooves and ambience with mature vocal delivery... stories from experience, fantasy and empathy. Here are nine new original songs from Beth, and one fantasy-fulfilled cover of David Bowie's Starman.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bookmark
4:15 $1.00
2. Loosen My Grip
3:01 $1.00
3. Louisiana
4:10 $1.00
4. Mahogany Hawk
5:07 $1.00
5. Mexico
3:28 $1.00
6. Pretty Good
3:49 $1.00
7. Simplicity of a Man
5:43 $1.00
8. Starman
4:21 $1.00
9. The Last Part
4:15 $1.00
10. We Can Do This
5:07 $1.00
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Album Notes
Beth Wimmer, raised on both east and west coasts of the US, now transplanted on swiss soil, writes and sings songs from experience, fantasy and empathy.
'Bookmark', Wimmer's fourth album, offers nine new original songs, and one fantasy-fulfilled of covering the late David Bowie's 'Starman'.
'Bookmark' is co-produced by guitarist Billy Watts (Mojo Monkeys) and Wimmer, and features lush musicianship from Watts (electric and acoustic guitars), David Raven (drums) and Taras Prodaniuk (bass) of the Los Angeles swamp-country-rock power-trio, Mojo Monkeys, and from Beth's acclaimed band-mates in Switzerland, singer Suzie Candell, bassist Rodrigo Aravena, and multi-instrumentalist Dänu Wisler.


Karsten Rube at Radio Skala, Berlin, Germany (translated from German):

Songwriter Beth Wimmer grew up in Boston on the American East Coast. Later, she moved to the American opposite pole to Southern California. Under the sun of the South she found a lot of inspiration for her music. And then she moved to Switzerland, where she has lived for several years. On her current album "Bookmark" she proves, however, that she has not changed her wit against the Alpenjodeln with her move. She presents ten songs on the CD, all of which were written by her besides the Bowie song "Starman". "Starman" is her homage to the 2016 deceased musician. Beth Wimmer scores with a very clear voice that has a slightly darker timbre and reminiscent of Edie Brickell in some passages. Their songs are pleasantly catchy and can enhance the quality of many a radio program. Titles like "Loosen my Grip" and "Mexico" are rousing and sound like Californian oranges taste: refreshing. "Louisiana" a classic Americana song that you can hear again and again and with "The Last Part" she delivers a slow, dreamlike love ballad.
On the radio scale, Beth Wimmer's album "Bookmark" is a recommendation for the month of November, as it protects the listener from depression in this gray season, and with a cheerfulness that does not require exaggeration.


'music that needs attention' - Blog by Theo Volk, Netherlands, December 29, 2017.

Beth Wimmer is een uit Californië afkomstige, maar in Zwitserland woonachtige singer-songwriter. Naast een solocarrière vormt ze een duo met Suzie Candell. Haar titelloze debuutalbum verscheen in 2001, vandaag haar nieuwste, het in eigen beheer uitgebrachte album Bookmark. Het is mijn eerste kennismaking met de muziek van Beth en direct een zeer aangename. Ze is zowel een uitstekend zangeres, met een soulvolle stem, maar ook een begenadigd liedschrijver. Een uptempo liedje als Loosen My Grip is na één keer luisteren al niet meer uit je muzikale geheugen te branden. Let hier ook eens op het oerdegelijke gitaarspel van medeproducer Billy Watts, die lang in de band van Eric Burdon speelde. Veelal zijn haar liedjes ingetogen en daarin komt het stem het beste tot zijn recht. Uit haar teksten blijkt vooral dat ze geniet van het leven dat ze leidt, ze hangt niet aan materiële dingen, zoals bijvoorbeeld blijkt uit Pretty Good : “I don’t want the latest phone, I don’t need more plastic stuff filling up my humble home”. Van het vrolijke, zeer goed in het gehoor liggende Mexico straalt de levensvreugde af. Alle liedjes schreef Beth zelf, op de cover van David Bowies Starman na. Dat liedje heeft een speciale betekenis voor Beth, het vormde ooit de motivatie om zangeres te worden. Op het handig uitklapbare hoesje staan de teksten vermeld. In oktober verzorgde Beth nog twee optredens in Nederland, waaronder in podiumcafé Peter en Leni in Steendam. Gelukkig bestaan er in Nederland nog zulke locaties, waar minder bekende, onafhankelijke artiesten een kans krijgen. In het geval van Beth zeer terecht, want ze levert met Bookmark een prachtplaat af.


Folking.com, UK --by Mike Davies, January 1, 2018:

Raised on America's east coast with her poet mother and folk-singing grandfather before moving to Los Angeles, Wimmer's been based in Switzerland for several years, although Bookmark, her fourth album and the first in six years, was primarily recorded in Liechtenstein and Austria. Bookmark is co-produced by Billy Watts from the Mojo Monkeys, who also provides guitar, and features bassists Rodrigo Aravena and Taras Prodaniuk, drummer David Raven and multi-instrumentalist Dänu Wisler with Suzie Candell on harmonies.

Stylistically, this is a relatively bluesy album, although it opens in dreamier shape with the title track's reverie, Watts adding electric guitar and bass to Wimmer's acoustic on a celebration of a perfect relationship served up in musical metaphors. The blues kick in though on the uptempo 70s AM boogie rhythm of 'Loosen My Grip', Taras Prodaniuk laying down the basslines on a number basically about getting loose, letting go of the bad and going with the groove that offers up the wisdom to "keep your eye on the sweet donut, not on the hole."

Likewise, even if the lyrics concern moving on and not crying years over a bad love, the lazing mid-tempo ballad 'Louisiana' also evokes thoughts of that same mellow rock era and artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Wendy Waldman and Maria Muldaur.

There's a folksier, more acoustic air to 'Mahogany Hawk', an airy waltz through Laurel Canyon soundscapes with hints of Joni that, in its theme and nature imagery, also echoes the era's disdain for consumerism and commerciality and the desire to fly free of society like the lyrics 'avian saint'.

Autobiographical notes sound on the Texicali coloured 'Mexico', Wisler providing dobro and Watts taking the acoustic solo on a suitably warm rolling rhythm and sway as she sings about moving from California to marry a man from Switzerland, but annually returning to melt winter sorrows dancing in the sun.

Strumming acoustic with Watts sliding in the pedal steel, 'Pretty Good' sounds another anti-materialistic note on a song that celebrates those that try and perhaps fall short rather than those who succeed and lose touch, a countrified rolling rhythm backdropping the call to do your best at what you do and to bring a glow to the vibe in your neighbourhood backyard.

Breathily but powerfully sung and again in classic soulful AM mode with resonant guitar from Watts, 'Simplicity Of A Man' is a near six-minute poignant love song that, unusually in a world that can often have a cynical arch-feminist perspective on men, looks inside the soul and finds a tenderness within. It opens on the image of an elderly widower mourning his bride of 52 years, continuing with a young philosopher rendered speechless on the birth of his child before narrowing the focus to a more personal, intimate understanding of how the male of the species may not always articulate their love, but this doesn't mean they don't feel it.

The final stretch begins with the album's sole cover, Wimmer's voice soaring on a gently faithful take of Bowie's 'Starman' complete with la la chorus and handclaps finale before heading into 'The Last Part', a slow waltz dreamy ballad love song that can be best summed up in the line from Jerry Maguire, "you complete me". It ends on another upbeat note with 'We Can Do This', an all acoustic percussion-free track featuring mandolin and lap steel that for some reason reminds me of Lesley Duncan's 'Love Song' about how, while there may be storms to weather and it may sometimes take the scenic route, love is always worth trying to hold together.

A bookmark is defined as something that enables you to return to or remember a place or a time with ease; this album will make you want to do both.

-Mike Davies, folking.com, UK, January 2018




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Like A Fine, Smokey Whiskey
From the first electric guitar notes in Bookmark I was hooked. It was soothing and familiar, like smooth, smokey whiskey, or slipping into your favorite pair of comfortable, well-worn jeans.

I love to travel, and I adore well-written songs about travel. "Louisiana" is a beautiful song, but "Mexico" just wins by a nose as my favorite of the two. "Mexico" to me has the same sort of sense of longing for a simpler life and the feeling of cheery wistfulness as Linda Ronstadt's "Blue Bayou."

"Simplicity of a Man" is also a great number. I can't put a finger on what it is about that song, but it touched me deeply. Beth's writing and singing are as strong as ever. And the musicianship throughout the album is stellar.