Q&A with Betty Fox

The singer shares some insight on her blues band before her SummerJazz on the Gulf performance at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

The founder of the eponymous Betty Fox Band fills the stage with smoky notes and a sultry presence, energizing crowds with smooth, powerful vocals. Born into a musical family, the Tampa native discovered her passion at an early age. Fox’s grandparents traveled around to churches with their kids, singing gospel hymns. Later, the family gathered around the piano every Sunday to sing harmonies, a tradition they continue now on holidays. The group hits the Watkins Lawn for the fourth time at SummerJazz on the Gulf August 20 at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.


NI: What’s cool about playing at SummerJazz?

Fox: For one, the view is incredible. It’s also neat the way they have it set up. Most of the crowd sits in lawn chairs, but by the end of the night they crowd up around the stage in a circular fashion, so you have to dance around in circles to sing to everybody.

What’s coming up for the band?

This year is crazy for us. We’re playing in Alabama, Germany, and a tour up the Eastern Seaboard. We’re playing the Big Blues Bender in September in Las Vegas. We are also writing songs for a new album.

What song are you most proud of?

The title track of our current album, “Slow Burn.” It was sort of an organic evolution. A year after I started the band, my father was diagnosed with ALS. I watched him slowly fade, then pass. I came up with the chorus for “Slow Burn” while driving. I was singing to myself, because there is something about the way the music reverberates in my chest that comforts me. Music is very therapeutic.

What’s your style, offstage and on?

I think I was born in the wrong decade. Most of the things I wear are bell-bottoms, something with fringe, or flowy. Onstage, I like shiny things that make me feel good, like anybody else—just with more sequins. I have more sequins than a drag queen’s closet.

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Sue Martel

Love, love our Betty! She rocks! Slow Burn is a fabulous song among many others. Betty is always on our road trip list to see in person, or playing in the car on the drive to somewhere/anywhere. We’ve gifted her cd’s to friends and family who love blues, and they can’t believe that this woman has that big VOICE!!!

Tara LaGrand

Betty Fox is one of Florida’s best. She is personable, approachable and an all around dynamic individual. You guys did good and continue that standard by bringing her to the Lawn at the Naples Beach Club

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