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Streetcar Heart

by Kim Beggs

Kim Beggs infuses sweet oldtyme country roots music with dark tales of northern life. Award winning songwriter. Four albums released. Yukon, Canada · kimbeggs.com
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kim Beggs – Singer Songwriter

Some things simply can’t be rushed.

It may seem like a long three years since Kim Beggs released her last solo CD, ‘Blue Bones’ but once you hear the fifteen new songs that make up ‘Beauty and Breaking’ you’ll know right away that it’s been worth the wait. If it was ‘Blue Bones’ that brought Kim to the world’s attention, ‘Beauty and Breaking’ makes good on all of its promise and takes her music to a higher level.

Integrity isn’t a word that’s often heard in today’s world – much less in the music business – so it shouldn’t be used lightly. But, Kim is an artist who lives and breathes integrity. She doesn’t have her finger nervously on the pulse of pop culture, trying to catch the latest rhythm or affectation and affix it to her song to guarantee airplay. Instead, she does that most rare of things and makes music from the heart for those who care to listen. Like a master craftsman of old, she works patiently and tirelessly to produce music that has meaning for her and that she can stand behind when she hits the road to share with people from around the globe. She’s not expecting the songs on ‘Beauty and Breaking’ to get her on David Letterman or the cover of The Rolling Stone; she’s playing a much different game than that. She’s worked too hard at her music to make those kinds of compromises or concessions to a fickle and unforgiving marketplace. Her songs are too good – and too important – for that.

Kim, almost born in a taxi cab on the way to the closest hospital eighty miles south in Val d’Or Quebec, lived her first years in Joutel, a little mining town that doesn’t exist anymore. She spent much of her childhood moving from place to place as her father followed mining jobs around Quebec and Ontario. Prior to her birth her family lived in the Yukon where an older bother was born. Joutel was just the next stop along the way. Kim Beggs did not expect to lay down geographical roots that she could ‘come home to’, when she picked up and moved to the Yukon twenty-two years ago, but that’ what happened and she hasn’t looked back since. And, while it’s tempting to look for the influence of the vast Yukon landscape in Kim’s music, you might be missing the point by doing that. The Yukon isn’t felt so much as place or geography in these songs; it’s experienced instead as an approach to living the kind of independent life that her music embodies. Located so far from urban centres, people in the North have to become adept at doing things by themselves or they won’t last very long. Kim’s music is like that. For ‘Beauty and Breaking’, Kim not only wrote every track – except for ‘Moonshiner’, an old Irish standard made popular by Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan – but also played a significant role in the production of the music with the versatile Toronto producer David Baxter, illustrated the CD jacket cover and readied the whole album for manufacture and distribution. From beginning to end, Kim Beggs was involved in every aspect of the creation of ‘Beauty and Breaking’ and the results speak for themselves. ‘Beauty and Breaking’ is Kim Beggs’ crowning achievement as four albums into an already impressive career, she continues to slowly build a body of work that gets better and better with the passage of time.

As the years have gone by and her skills and reputation have grown, Kim has become less interested in being known as an artist from the Yukon, and wants instead to be judged solely on the merit of her work. That’s certainly understandable as even a quick listen through the songs on her new album reveals the work of a singer and songwriter at the top of her game. Has anyone working in the folk music genre written a hurting song that bites deeper than ‘Beauty and Breaking’ this year? How many songs have you heard recently that balance the sweetness and pain like ‘Not A Mermaid Song’ does? Certainly none that have such a seductively enticing rhythm and lilt! And, if you thought Gordon Lightfoot closed the door on nautical disaster songs with ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ you should give a listen to Kim’s account of the ‘AJ Goddard Shipwreck’ that immortalizes the last voyage of a Yukon bound ship that met its watery end in 1901. Like all of Kim’s songs, it’s about far more than a boat going down, as you tune into the spinning metaphors of love, loss, and impermanence that mingle in the waves the verses conjure. Almost all of the songs on ‘Beauty and Breaking’ had their genesis in a three year song writing cycle that was first inspired by an international songwriting challenge for amateurs to professionals, such as herself to write 14 songs in 28 days. Setting out with only a naked guitar and a blank sheet of paper, the songs on ‘Beauty and Breaking’ were often created on the road while staying in basements, hotel rooms, sitting at her kitchen table and everywhere in between.

During the recording of Beauty and Breaking, Kim reached out to many of her colleagues and fellow performers on the roots music circuit to collaborate with her on ‘Beauty and Breaking’. As Kim says ‘working with a lot of different people makes music more exciting. I really love it when the DNA mixes up and unexpected beauty results.’ To that end, Beggs coaxed great vocal performances out of Oh Susanna, Justin Rutledge, Paul Reddick, Kim Barlow, Sue Passmore (from ‘The Good Lovelies’) and Bob Wiseman who add harmonies that create a sweet lonesome sound with a distinctly Canadian feel. Special mention should be made of David Baxter’s intuitive guitar work and John Showman’s fiddle that contribute a yearning, searching feel to many of the albums’ best songs as well as the spot on percussion work from Roman Tome from New Country Rehab.

In a perfect world, everybody would already know about Kim Beggs and over time these songs would form an important part of the soundtrack to all of our lives. But, even though that may never happen, it does nothing to diminish the power and beauty of the increasingly important music she creates. ‘Beauty and Breaking’ is an essential album of music that will certainly come to be remembered as one of the great releases of 2013. Kim Beggs is an artist with a talent and heart as great and vast as the land she has come to live on. ‘Beauty and Breaking’ should not be missed.

CD Release for her fourth solo album Beauty and Breaking Sept 25 2013
Whitehorse, Yukon
DBL Nominee 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards
Nominee 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards
3RD Place Winner International Songwriting Competition
Web: www.kimbeggs.com
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Youtube: www.youtube.com/kimbeggs
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Charles Getz

Streetcar Heart
My favorite song is Birds and No Bees. However, this album is loaded with excellent lyrics and music. Kim's future is looking bright!
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Natalie Edelson - Singer/Songwriter

Stunning!
There is no doubt about it. Every song on Streetcar Heart will stay with you for a long while: even after one listen. Kim Beggs is a master lyricist with an ethereal yet soothing voice. Tasteful arrangements that include fiddle and dobro make this roots/americana recording an absolute delight...leaving the listener wanting more.
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michael enright CBC Sunday Edition interview

"her (kim's) lyrics are high poetry"
her (kim's) lyrics are high poetry
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Toronto Star

Yukon Resident Kim Beggs is a masterful writer
"Yukon resident Beggs is masterful writer of engaging personal narratives that evoke place and time in the manner of the finest folk traditionalists. Blessed with a fascinating, sweet voice, and surrounded by distinctive and careful instrumentalists--bassist/producer Bob Hamilton, accordionist Andrea McColeman, fiddler Moritz Behm, and pedal steel guitarist Gene Brown, among others--Beggs conjures up a rugged Northwest peopled by battlers whose quirky resilience makes these story songs a compelling listen. Standouts are "Old Pal," "I Carry My Guitar," "Her Big Yellow Backhoe," " the title track, and a live version of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane"
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Penguin Eggs Magazine

She’s also quite a stunning singer.
”The Yukon turned Kim Beggs into a songwriter. And a rather good one, too, as her masterful debut disc, Streetcar Heart, will confirm. She’s also quite a stunning singer.”
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Times Colonist, Victoria, BC

...wistful, iconoclastic lyrics and ragged, sweet whisper of a voice...
"Streetcar Heart" is masterful collection of self penned tunes"..."Each (song) is graced with Beggs' voice which is sweet, vulnerable and hypnotic." --Al Beeber, Lethbridge Herald March 10, 2005 “Kim Beggs is another wonderful singer/songwriter from the Yukon’s emerging music scene. Bob Hamilton produced her recently released Streetcar Heart (Caribou Records), and it features Beggs’ wistful, iconoclastic lyrics and ragged, sweet whisper of a voice backed by a crack northern studio crew.
Such songs as Carry My Guitar capture Beggs’ blue-collar background and love of the local jam-session scene where the sun never sets. Bus Driver conjures up the darker side of the calendar year and hints at a California/Neil Young fixation that seems so real it hurts, but reaches fruition on her album-capping reading of Young’s Like a Hurricane.
Much of Streetcar Heart has an old-time, woodsmoke country feel, folk art that cuts to the core on songs like Beautiful where Beggs warbles “Amazing and beautiful/She’ll cover your eyes with wool/and if you let yourself see her/ you’ll get something you won’t have to give back.”
Neil Young, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, the McGarrigles…add Kim Beggs to that exhalted list of unpretentious charmers. Streetcar Heart’s hook-laden, homey songs get stuck in your heart, and that’s a good thing.”
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