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Logo design:  Kelsi Depew

Photo credit:  Joy Zimmerman

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Too Far Gone Beth Watts Nelson
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Recently ending a twenty-year career as a choral director in public schools, Beth Watts Nelson can now be found pursuing her muse in various projects throughout the Kansas City area.  Her newest group, Little Miss Dynamite, combining the acoustic forces of some of KC’s finest musicians (Betse Ellis, Brandon Day, and Caleb Gardner) released its debut album, “Grow Up” in May 2024.  Beth also sings and plays the clawhammer banjo in the fiery old time string band, Catgut, and is a founding member of the Konza Swamp Band, a long-standing pillar of the local Bluegrass scene.  Now venturing out as a solo/duo performer, she performs original songs that sound as if they had been unearthed with the patina of decades in the songbook of Americana.  With a voice that cuts straight to your soul, and playing a vintage Martin guitar or clawhammer banjo, she will evoke smiles and tears – often at the same time.

"Only You" featured on Americana Road Show

Duo concert for AARP Kansas with Brandon Day


Konza Swamp Band

Upcoming Events

  • June 6 - w/ Dustin Dale Gaspard and Galen Clark @ Tall Trellis, Olathe, KS, 6-8 pm

  • June 7 - Catgut @ Meadowbrook Park Fest, Prairie Village, KS, 7-9 pm

  • June 8 - Catgut @ Pints for Pets, Lawrence, KS, 4-5 pm 

  • June 8 - Konza Swamp @ Pathlight Brewery, Shawnee, KS, 7-9 pm

  • June 14 (it’s my birthday!!) - w/ Kelly Hunt, Kirstie Lynn and Galen Clark @ Greenwood Social, KCMO, 7pm, Tickets $25

  • June 15 - private wedding event @ Paola, KS

  • June 19 - Opening for Minor Gold w/ Brandon Day @ Waldo Folk, 7 pm, Tickets $20

  • June 20 - w/ Brandon Day @ SMS Summer Music Series, lunch time location TBA

  • June 20 - w/ Brandon Day @ Tall Trellis, Olathe, KS, 6-8 pm

  • July 3 - Konza Swamp @ Limitless Brewery, Lenexa, KS, 6-8 pm

  • July 10-15 - w/ Kelly Hunt @ Iowa Tour (let me know if you want the info for this!)

  • July 19 - w/ Natalie Prauser @ Whiskey Snug, Weston, MO, 7-9 pm

  • July 26 - w/ Brandon Day @ The Pairing, KCMO, 7-9 pm

  • August 2 - w/ Brandon Day @ RJ’s Bob-Be-Que, Mission, KS 7-9, Tickets $10 at the door

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