Betty Soo Plays Tonight at the Cactus Cafe
On her album Heat Sin Water Skin, Austin singer-songwriter Betty Soo has crafted beautiful, heart-wrenching songs that are also edgy and unwavering. The sweet-sounding singing doesn’t make the emotion conveyed any less intense.
Those compelling vocals sometimes come as a surprise to Soo’s audiences. On stage, they see a tiny, five-foot frame from which emerges some powerhouse singing that’s gotten her comparisons to Joan Baez and Ruthie Foster.
Soo enjoys her unique position, though. She’s unconcerned with fitting into a specific genre – “folk-rock” will do quite nicely, if you must find something to describe her music – and doesn’t mind standing out. “I guess Asian-American singer-songwriters aren’t all that common, at least, not in Texas,” she says.
You can see Betty Soo perform tonight at the Cactus Café, 2247 Guadalupe (24th and Guadalupe), in the Texas Union on the UT campus. Also performing is Austin acoustic folk artist Abi Tapia. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Great double bill.