A little bit about Beki Hemingway…
Whins and Weather, the new CD by Beki Hemingway and her husband, guitarist, and co-writer Randy Kerkman covers a lot of ground–Americana, gospel, folk, and even a bit of old fashioned pop, woven together seamlessly on this, Beki’s sixth release.
Produced by Kerkman and Commitments guitarist Conor Brady in Dublin, Ireland, Whins and Weather documents songs written around the year the couple sold their home, quit their jobs, and committed to a renewed life of “music, travel, and service,” only to weather an unexpected fourth goal for Hemingway–beating breast cancer! Several months into their adventure, Beki was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, and completed recording during treatment. (She is now in remission.)
Based in County Wexford, Ireland, with stops in Chicago, Nashville, and Denver along the way, it has been said that Beki writes and sings some of the “best songs you’ve never heard.”
Her long and varied career has found her singing in several bands, including comical punk-rockers This Train, as well as singing live and studio backup vocals on everything from industrial to inspirational music.
Things really clicked when she started collaborating with Randy Kerkman in the late 1990’s, releasing 5 CDs on the Minneapolis-based indie Salt Lady Records, performing up to 150 shows per year, and sharing the stage with nationally and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriters such as Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, and Duke Special.
“Hemingway and Kerkman make a potent team on this blend of power pop and Americana.” –Broken Hearted Toy
After several years on hiatus living a “normal life” as a tour guide and Deputy Sheriff in Denver, Beki and Randy released a 6-song ep entitled I have big plans for the world and made the decision to return to a life of music, this time with service as part of the goal.
Most of their recent US touring schedule was filled with house concerts, a new trend in live music that aims to bypass the “industry” and allow artist and audience to foster a more relaxed, intimate atmosphere and a closer connection.
They perform their house concerts largely on a donation basis, and last year, were able to participate in some great learning experiences and charity projects (Mexico & Romania), which are documented on Beki’s blog at www.bekihemingway.com.
Churches, libraries, and other traditional venues help to support their “musicianary” life and all press, licensing, airplay, and booking inquiries are welcome via the contact form on this page.