Track Premiere: Skarlett Woods “Portland, OR”

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Minnesota based singer-songwriter Skarlett Woods is preparing for the release of her second album ‘Letters To The West‘ which should be hitting the street this coming Friday.  It features a couple of songs that have already drawn  some attention – Skarlett received winning placements in Duluth’s Dylan Fest Songwriting Contest in 2022 and in 2023 for her songs, ‘Close To You (Braver These Days)’ and ‘Me, I, Me, Me.’  Although Skarlett Woods writes in a variety of styles, today’s choice veers towards the rockier end of her output.  Skarlett Woods says of this song that “Portland Oregon was the gateway to my adventures out West. Wild and new with a punk attitude, I wanted to capture that in the genre itself with the lyrics leading a passion-filled landscape.

Born in rural Minnesota, Skarlett Woods is the middle of three children who grew up surrounded by a loving supportive family tucked in the Northern woods with rock n’roll, show-tunes, pop and film scores as her musical landscape. Throughout her life Skarlett has held an eye for social justice issues- giving voice to the voices that are rarely heard or seen. She has also made a point of experiencing life – in her case that has meant moving out west for 15 years- stocking up on adventures such as working on a commercial crabbing boat vessel off the Oregon Coast, bicycling 6,000 miles across America, and building two tiny houses- one of which she lived in for 5 years without running water.

The Pandemic brought Skarlett back to Minnesota and she hit the ground running, playing nearly 200 shows in the past year while simultaneously recording and producing along side Minneapolis’s producer/songwriter Kevin Bowe, her second full length album, ‘Letters To The West‘.

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