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A girl and a guitar in Edwards

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO, Colorado
Betsy is from Athens, GA and is out here performing as a duo with violinist Adam Poulin to support her new solo record "This Far", as well as performing songs from her band, the Bareknuckle Band, and soulful covers. This is her third Colorado tour in the past year.

A girl and her guitar. It can be a pretty compelling combination, especially when it’s Betsy Franck strumming hers.

Franck is a soulful Georgia girl who belts out southern rock and blues music as if her life depends on it. Which it does, really. She makes her living as a full time touring musician and since music is what she loves best in the world, she feels pretty darn lucky, she said.

“Living in a different motel room each night, and traveling the world meeting new people is where I am most comfortable,” she said. “Each time you play a different place, you make a connection that helps you with your next musical effort. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Franck returns to Main St. Grill in Edwards tonight with her friend Adam Poulin, who plays the fiddle. The show is free and will start around 10 p.m.

“I have played Main St. Grill twice before. Love that place,” she said. “I have some dear friends in Edwards, both musicians, so they get the town out to see us and we enjoy the after show part very much.”

Franck last performed at Main St. Grill with her band, the Bareknuckle Babies, and this time will be a little different, and much more intimate, she said.

“Last time I had the band, this visit I will bring the wonderfully talented fiddler and all around renaissance man, Adam Poulin. He adds an extra special sound to the music, his fiddle seems to truly weep and moan at times.”

The two met in Statesboro, Ga. three years ago, Franck said.

“He had fiddle in tow, and I had my acoustic, and we made music along with about seven others all day and all night for an entire weekend at a magical place called Cypress Lake. We have played together in some fashion ever since that first meeting.”

Expect mostly original songs, and a few obscure covers by Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. Franck will likely play lots of songs from her new solo record, “This Far.”

“The new solo album is deeply personal, and there is a story to every song,” she said. “I don’t expect to illustrate all of the songs – I came to sing not to talk – but I feel more compelled with this album than any previously released to explain the origin of the lyrics because the subject matter can be universally understood, and pretty cathartic for me.”

Though living a life spent on the road, driving from town to city to town for gig after gig, can get tiresome, Franck said she’s often times inspired by her travels.

“The road is always inspiring, especially in a place like Colorado,” she said. “But back home I’ve been really inspired by other people’s stories. This last album is so personal, that I am really enjoying putting myself in other peoples shoes, and trying to understand circumstances through others eyes. I have been teaching a songwriting class to kids back in Athens, and some of the things they point out to me have blown me away and it has really brought me out of my own head.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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