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Roots on the Rock at Tir-na-nOg

BettySoo and Doug Cox might seem an unlikely pair. One hails from the cadre of songwriters living in Austin, Texas, the other from the paradisical reaches of Vancouver Island.

BettySoo and Doug Cox might seem an unlikely pair. One hails from the cadre of songwriters living in Austin, Texas, the other from the paradisical reaches of Vancouver Island. In just two years' time, the duo has performed in nine countries in every kind of venue from festival main stages to Tuscan open air caf├ęs, and in every place, they've met with enthusiastic reviews from the most discriminating and respected ears in folk and roots music today.

Raised in Texas, BettySoo grew up hearing the names and music of certain Texas icons characters like Doug Sahm, who lived on Vancouver Island for two years in the 1980's after visiting his friend Doug Cox. "The touring and recording BettySoo and I do is based on the stories and songs we have each collected over years of being surrounded by great characters," says Cox. "Lots of these songs are in danger of disappearing if they don't keep being sung. Keeping these songs alive is what we aim to do with Across ?The Borderline." And they've hit the mark. Just months after their celebrated debut Lie To Me, they were invited to record a follow-up album by Continental Records, More Lies. This second collection of songs further explores the writing of their friends and champion. With two voices, a guitar and a dobro, Across the Borderline gathers different places and sounds: low and high, north and south, hope and heartbreak.

Tickets $20 in advance at Pheonix on Bowen, $22 at the door.