Presented in conjunction with Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Beth Snapp and NewSong Music proudly present the official extended play record (EP) release and concert for Don’t Apologize. Set for Friday, August 31st, at the Renaissance Theatre, the concert will start at 7:00 p.m.
Beth Snapp’s new EP, tellingly titled, Don’t Apologize, is comprised of a set of songs that run through a gamut of emotions, doing so with both vibrancy and vulnerability.
“To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”
A collection of soothing and supple melodies, underscored by a bracing backing band, it offers astute observations about the challenges, expectations and ability to overcome obstacles — either self-imposed or those that result from outside interference. It’s a personal tale gleaned from lessons learned, from a need to face those realities and cope with them accordingly. Snapp delivers these songs with clarity and conviction, sharing universal truths that can resonate with us all.
Produced and mixed by Gar Ragland, engineered by Julian Dreyer and recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, Don’t Apologize features a stunning array of guest contributors, including celebrated cello player and pianist Dave Eggar, guitarist Phil Faconti, Black Lillies front man Cruz Contreras and her band mates Jason Crawford (banjo, Mandolin), Jay Farmer (upright bass), Kevin Jackson (fiddle), and Justin Short (drums).
“I wrote a collection of songs to remind me, but also those around me, that it is perfectly acceptable to not apologize for loving yourself as the imperfectly perfect soul that you are,” Snapp says. “It is acceptable — no, imperative — to be proud of yourself and what you’ve worked for. It is important to not be ashamed for putting yourself out there for any reason – be it reaching out to another person, trying something new, doing hard things, or simply being yourself.”
Tickets for the concert are $15 and are available online at, www.EngageKingsport.com. By pre-ordering your ticket, you will be entered into a drawing for a featured item from a local business. Don’t Apologize will be available for purchase at the show, as well as other merchandise.
For more information, please visit EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414.