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Americana Roots Duo "Stand and Sway" Comes to the Walters on February 21

Post Date:01/22/2020

Stand and SwayThe Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Americana roots duo Stand and Sway on Friday, February 21 at 7:30 pm. If Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin had a musical offspring, it would be Stand and Sway. With a tear-inducing, foot-stomping, and mountain-sized performance, the power of these two voices together is undeniable. Their music changes the weather. Tickets are $18 in advance, or $22 the day of the performance.

Steeped in soul, poetry, and harmony, Beth Wood and Ara Lee James blend together in a way that tends to break ceilings, hearts, and ideas about genres. “Ara Lee is the best singer I’ve heard. Period. But what she does is more than that. To hear her live is gut-wrenching, heart soaring – it’s a spiritual awakening.” (Sue Svendsen, Peninsula Arts Center). Of Beth Wood, The Washington Post writes: “Wood is a musical triple-threat—a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” 

Texas-raised and Oregon-based singer-songwriter Beth Wood has won almost every major songwriting competition in the United States. With an impressive reputation including 20 years of touring and 11 studio albums under her belt, she’s focused on projects that bring her joy. Wood has recently added writing books, publishing poetry, and teaching songwriting to her creative repertoire. Wood’s second book of poetry, Ladder to the Light, is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Readers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry.

Appalachia-raised, Washington-based Ara Lee James is a singer, poet, and truth-teller with an unmistakable sound, commanding presence, and a voice that leaves audiences speechless. James has been singing professionally for over 20 years as an award-winning soloist, studio vocalist, and songwriter (formerly Ara Lee). Rooted in the traditions of gospel and Deep South soul, James described as a force of nature. She believes the human voice has the power to reach through the walls of dogma and speak beauty to power.

More information about this performance and the 2019-20 Walters Concert Series is available at and tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. 

Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee and Tea.

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