"Extremely soulful singing" - Heaven Magazine, NL
'Ghosts & Men' - Top Ten Best Albums of 2011. NetRhythms, UK
Beth Wimmer traverses a panoramic, emotional palette with her songs of humanity, hope and humor. "A beautiful voice she has," says AltCountry.nl (Holland), "Wimmer serves her songs with veins full of soul".
American singer-songwriter Beth Wimmer has called the rugged, famous mountains of Switzerland her home for some time now. After two increasingly promising albums, her newest collection of country-infused rock, 'Ghosts & Men', is by some distance her strongest yet. (Americana-UK.com)
'Ghosts & Men' is a collection of Wimmer's modern-folk tales inspired by men past, present and dearly departed. The songs are real stories and fantasy told in Beth's confident, worldly, warm voice. Guitars drive, Hammond organ swirls, and accordion and world percussion weave a warm, rustic bed from which these stories rise.
"Ghosts & Men' is a warm mix of uptempo blues and soul inflected Americana and more laid back, easy rolling balladry... The dappled folk haze of 'Easier Life' suggests early Joni Mitchell, while the funkier 'Bring You Back', the Hammond backed 'Blame Yourself' (a poignant song about her sister and deceased father) and the southern soul swing of 'Makin’ War' bring thoughts of Bonnie Raitt or the late Nicolette Larson. Deserving to reach as wide an audience as recent releases by Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams, it’s a contender for 2011's best ofs." -NetRhythms UK
The songs from 'Ghosts & Men' are written and arranged by Beth Wimmer. The album is co-produced and was engineered by multi-instrumentalist Damiano Della Torre (Sugar Blue, Terence Trent D'Arby) and Wimmer in Como, Italy. The album features Los Angeles great, David Raven, on drums. Della Torre plays electric & slide guitars, bass, keyboards, accordion and percussion. Guest appearances from Pablo Leoni (IT) on drums, and Gianluca Greco (IT) on the unusual Swiss instrument, the "Hang".
"We really cannot find a word of criticism for this already excellent new album by Wimmer. Also, the magnificent instrumental contribution of co-producer Damiano Della Torre on Hammond organ and accordion adds tremendous value to the the songs, and therefore deserves a separate mention. " -Rootstime.be, Belgium
Beth Wimmer grew up near Boston USA, her childhood filled with running through woods, wading in creeks, fishing, and playing with dogs, cats, ducks and rabbits. Her older brother and sisters sparked her love for rock and roll, infusing their house with sounds of The Who, Jethro Tull, Heart, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and Cat Stevens. "The Pretenders and Led Zeppelin were essential to my survival as a teenager," says Wimmer. Beth's folk-singing grandfather was her darling and her poet-artist, single mother, her heroine. At 18 years old, Beth swapped east coast USA for the west coast: Southern California. There she studied songwriting and practiced her live show.
Wimmer says, "I'd been singing live and in studio on other musicians' projects since I was about 14, but I always had an ache to tell my own stories. I needed a way to express my feelings about living and I knew at my core that music would be my chance. A friend gave me a beat up acoustic guitar. I spent $50- fixing it up and suddenly the songs came flooding forth--right around the same time the World Trade Center came crashing down."
In the years following, Wimmer released her first two fully-produced albums, 'Live Within Live Without' (2004) and 'Miracle Girl' (2008), with three in-demand Los Angeles musicians who had become key friends and mentors for her: producer/drummer David Raven (Mojo Monkeys, Keith Richards, Norah Jones), bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams) and guitarist Billy Watts (Eric Burdon, Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks). Raven co-produced and engineered Beth's records in his home-studio in Los Angeles, a 1925 French Gothic two-story home which was originally a Catholic Rectory. Both 'Live Within Live Without' and 'Miracle Girl' were well-received, garnering attention and praise in the US and abroad.
"...if Chris Isaac and Annie Lennox moved down to the southern part of the states and got themselves a baby girl - that girl would sound like Beth." - Melodic.net, Sweden.
Wimmer's songs have been chosen for onboard entertainment on Lufthansa airplanes, and have been placed in the independent film 'Two Of A Kind' (Honor Films, Los Angeles). Beth's song "Self Righteous Son of a Bitch" finished a semi-finalist in the Dallas Songwriters' Association Songwriting Contest, and as a finalist in the UNISONG International Songwriting Contest. And Beth's song "Weather" finished a finalist in the We Are Listening Lyric Writer Awards.
Beth Wimmer now lives in Switzerland, having found love and a solid home life with her Swiss husband and two cats, in the Alps. 'Ghosts & Men' is Wimmer's fourth, full-length album--and her first European-made record. 'Ghosts & Men' is receiving radio play and rave reviews in Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the UK, and the United States.
"Perhaps being geographically so far removed from the alt-country industry machine has allowed Wimmer the space to make this excellent record on her own terms, which benefits from being thrillingly more considered, individual and original than so many others who occupy the same field. There's enough evidence here to set Wimmer a cut above the over-crowded field she may otherwise get lost in." -Americana-UK.com
Catch Beth on tour in Europe now, beginning with dates in Switzerland, The Netherlands and Germany in March and April 2012.