By Lyndsie Kiebert
It’s been a decade since local musicians Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop joined forces, bringing their signature blend of tunes to life and to listening ears across the Idaho Panhandle and beyond.
“I am forever grateful that our paths crossed back then. I can’t imagine my life without this beautiful gift,” Pederson said. “We’ve had some extraordinary moments when the music moves beyond itself and our expectations. Magical.”
The pair will celebrate the release of their latest album, “Driving Into the Moon,” on Friday, Dec. 14, at Di Luna’s with a special CD release show at 7:30 p.m.
As with any team, Pederson and Bishop each bring a little something different to the creative table. Pederson said Bishop’s musical “experience and expertise (are) huge.”
“To me the beauty of Bruce’s playing is that it’s ever changing. The song structure remains the same but the ‘sweetening’ is spontaneous and often so beautiful that it practically stops me in my tracks,” Pederson said. “He’s full of surprises.”
Bishop noted Pederson’s love for music as a medium for storytelling is where her greatest strengths lie.
“She is song-focused and story focused,” Bishop said. “Her intent is to deliver a message, and it’s all about the voice.”
Together, Pederson and Bishop create music ranging from “old standards” to contemporary folk, all highlighted by their laid-back style.
Pederson said her favorite part about creating “Driving Into the Moon” had everything to do with the process.
“My favorite part? Recording in such a beautiful setting with my compadre,” she said, referencing Bishop’s home studio in Hope.
“Driving Into the Moon” was recorded in a live format, which Bishop said gives it “an honest feel.”
“It’s a very authentic album because Beth is the real thing,” Bishop said. “I have always chosen to try to work with people who I think are really real and who are also really, really talented. She’s way up there on both those lists.”
Seats at Friday’s release show are selling fast, so to secure a table call (208) 263-0846. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music is set to start at 7:30.
To learn more about Pederson and Bishop, visit www.highmoonmusic.com or www.brucebishopmusic.com.
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