I am very fortunate to have many companions on my journey. Although I am the only writer of these songs, I would not be able to finish this album without my bandmates' many contributions. (We are crediting the record to Beth Kinderman rather than Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters because it represents a thematic, although not stylistic, departure from my previous recordings with the band.) The amazing performers whose work you will hear on The Hero's Journey alongside my vocals and acoustic guitar are:
Dave Stagner (guitars, engineering and mixing, production, and many other things) - Dave has been my collaborator and producer since 2008. He's given more to this project than I can possibly summarize in one bullet point. His passion for this album is particularly evident in his inventive guitar work, which is daring, emotional, unique, and always carefully considered to enhance the mood and themes of each song.
Justin Hartley (drums and percussion) - Justin has also been with the Player Characters since 2008. His intricate and powerful drum parts, whether performed on a kit or on one of many hand percussion implements from his bag of "dingers and whatzits," always give my songs the perfect sense of drama and scale. He has a delightful and absurdist sense of humor and keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously.
Elizabeth Greenberg (violin and harmony vocals) - Elizabeth joined the Player Characters in 2011. A technically skillful and classically trained musician who enthusiastically embraces weird keys and time signatures, she has never once balked at anything I've thrown at her. Through her sensitive playing and insightful feedback, she makes sure that the spirit of my songs always shines brightly and clearly.
Finally, numerous guest and session musicians have kindly agreed to lend their musical abilities to this project: Lizzie Crowe (from Cheshire Moon, on featured vocals), Nikki Huls (harmony vocals), Dennis Maddix (from Gernsback Continuum, on bass), Tami Murck (from Feng Shui Ninjas, on harmony vocals), and Sarah Ravely and Kelly Reich (from Candles Enough, on harmony vocals).