Roots duo Doug Cox and Betty Soo play Mill Bay

Betty Soo - Peter W. Rusland/file
Betty Soo
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Betty Soo’s website asks the question:

Who, in her right mind, drops out of graduate school, chucks a mortgage-paying day job and empties her savings account to launch a music career at the ripe age of 26 — within weeks of writing her first song?

The answer, of course, is Soo.

And apparently it wasn’t a bad decision as she’s managed to carve out a career performing her grassroots songs.

Doug Cox’s bio says he has played for ship sinkings near Victoria, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, busked on airplanes and played for prime ministers.

He picked up a Dobro 25 years ago and still has it chained to his lap, earning acclaim as a musician’s musician — exercising his skills as a sideman and a teacher for a wide variety of artists.

Promoter Peter Sussman says Soo and Cox might seem an unlikely pair.

“One hails from the cadre of songwriters living in Austin, Texas, the other from the paradisiacal reaches of Vancouver Island,” he reports on his website. “The two musicians met while teaching at Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, where they discovered a shared fondness for good songs.

“Living 2,500 miles apart (a couple airplane flights plus a long ferry ride) and working in different musical worlds aren’t circumstances that make for convenient collaboration. But their friendship and musical respect were immediate, as they found countless familiar threads in the people and music they admired.”

They will play some of that music this weekend during a house concert in Mill Bay.

“The touring and recording BettySoo and I plan to do is based on all the stories and songs we have each collected over years of being surrounded by great characters,” Cox said. “Lots of these songs are in danger of disappearing if they don’t keep being sung. Keeping these songs alive is what we intend to do.”

The show is set for Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in Mill Bay, as part of the Shady Grove at the Sussmans house concert series.

Suggested donations for this event are $20 per person. Reservations and additional information here.



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