LouFest Artist Spotlight: Beth Bombara
It's a story you've heard a million times: multi-instrumentalist teenage girl from St. Louis becomes the frontwoman of a punk band, leaves the punk band to join singer/songwriter Samantha Crain on a national tour, then goes solo, finding a sound somewhere between Tom Petty and Aimee Mann. Typical, right?
Beth Bombara quickly made a name for herself in St. Louis with the release of her self-titled album, an 11 song ode to Americana, and the subsequent shows she played in the region, touring alongside artists like Pokey LaFarge.
We can't stop listening to her 2017 release, Map & No Direction, though. Layers of guitar, striking drums, and some thumping bass lines give this album a fuller, more polished sound than her previous work. Songs like "I Tried (Too Late)" sound like long lost George Harrison or Tom Petty tunes, while the sparse, folksy "Map & No Direction" hearken back to Bombara's earlier work.
To say we're excited to see her at this year's LouFest would be an understatement.