Today we’d like to introduce you to Cathryn Beeks.
Hi Cathryn, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I arrived in San Diego in late 1999, and in 2003 I started Listen Local, an event and promotional company dedicated to supporting local, unsigned musicians. I hosted many events, including Band Camp, The Acoustic Alliance, The Kid Show, The Songwriter Sleepover, Chick Camp, The Kid Show, as well as co founding Local Brews Local Grooves for House of Blues. I was writing and performing with many bands as well as my own, The Ordeal. I started hosting a local music podcast in 2005 and I hosted The Homegrown Hour on 102.1 KPRi in 2009 for six years before the station went off the air.
In 2013, I added photography and began selling vintage and 2nd hand fashion for musicians, selling clothing out of my mobile boutique called The Green Room. In 2019, my husband and I moved up North to the high desert to take care of my parents. We turned their 2.5 acres into a mini campground and retreat center where folks can enjoy the magic of the Mojave Desert. I continue to host a radio program online, and my show was recently added to Jack’s Tracks on 91.3 Pala Rez Radio on the first Sunday of each month. All of my services and endeavors can be found at ListenLocalRadio.com, HartAcres.info or CathrynBeeks.com.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Moving from our home of 20 years in San Diego was a heart-wrenching decision, but my folks needed me and my amazing husband doesn’t mind the commute as he still works in San Diego often. He is a sound engineer with loyal and enthusiastic clients who know he’s the best, so he stays very busy during the peak seasons. Another challenge was leaving my band Calamity just as we were starting to gain momentum and working quite a bit. We’re still recording and performing, but the distance does make it difficult in terms of writing and rehearsing. Fortunately, all other aspects of my work can be done remotely, like producing my monthly podcasts, radio shows, web shows, and just staying connected to the folks who support Listen Local’s events and programs. I host a monthly song circle on Zoom that all are welcomed. Sometimes it feels like I never left San Diego.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
Besides the podcasts and radio shows, I’m focusing some energy on sprucing up Hart Acres so our friends from San Diego can visit us. We named the place after my dad, who we lost in December of 2019, and we’re honored to help mom keep all these trees he planted thriving. I’m very excited to offer songwriting and artist retreats as well as offer a quiet place to get away from it all. We have a 5th wheel called The Casita that we have redesigned for ultimate comfort and camping spaces for tents, trailers and small RVs.
We also have a small putt-putt golf course, bocce ball, horseshoes and lots of shady areas to enjoy the desert. My mobile thrift store is parked now but still full of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, which can all be borrowed for fabulous photo shoots as the sunsets. We have many Joshua trees on our property that serve as great backdrops for photos and music videos which I can provide. This October, I’ll be hosting another Songwriter Sleepover where we do nothing but writing and play music and Chick Camp, which is a fun getaway for girls only. We’re looking forward to sharing Hart Acres with folks who appreciate the dramatic, dreamy landscape of the high desert.
How do you define success?
I used to believe that success had something to do with notoriety or acknowledgement by those deemed important in any given industry, but now I know better. Now I know that success is being able to live each day doing something you love. Success is being happy and making just enough money to pay the bills and have some leftovers to buy something cute.
- $120 a night for The Casita
- $40 a night camping for 2
- $2 a month to support ListenLocalRadio.com
- $50 photo sessions
- $75 ticket to Chick Camp or The Songwriter Sleepover, 2 nights all inclusive
- Email: Cathryn@ListenLocalRadio.com
- Website: www.ListenLocalRadio.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/listenlocalradio/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cathryn.beeks/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoListenLocal
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/cathrynbeeks
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/listenlocalradio/sets/listenlocalradio
- Other: www.HartAcres.info
Cathryn Beeks and one photo by JT Moring