Local singer-songwriter-guitarist Betty Johnson takes some advice from some songwriting legends and performs live at the Bean Scene coffee house tonight.

Musician hones her craft

Vernon singer-songwriter Betty Johnson takes advice from Henderson and Forbes and gives a performance with some special guests tonight.

It’s been five years since the legendary Bill Henderson (Chilliwack) and Roy Forbes (Bim) encouraged local singer/songwriter Betty Johnson to perform her music.

“Don’t hold back,” they said. “People want to hear your expressive voice, your accomplished guitar playing (and) people want to hear your music!”

Johnson has taken that advice and is excited to announce that she will be playing at the Bean Scene in Vernon tonight with local guitarist Neil Fraser and bassist Bill Lockie.

Together, they will perform jazz and blues tunes, and, of course,  showcase Johnson’s original songs.

Lockie has played bass in genres such as country rock, swing, dixieland and in musical theatre.

“We love Bill’s warm intensity, and his infectious love of jazz just shines,” said Johnson.

Audiences are just as spellbound by Fraser’s delicacy and intensity. His love for jazz is obvious, said Johnson, adding, “Neil will be as awesome as ever.”

One of Fraser’s musical mates from the legendary Lent Fraser Wall trio will also be making a special guest appearance.

Singer, songwriter, literary writer, and former regional dean of Okanagan College’s Kalamalka campus, John Lent will sing from the depths of his  soul  when he performs his version of blues and jazz in his usual laid-back style, said Johnson.

“And don’t miss le pièce de resistance when John will test drive two of his brand new songs for the audience.”

Tonight’s concert at the Bean Scene starts at 7 p.m. There will be a cover charge of $10 at the door and CDs will be available.



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