Having garnered enthusiastic applause when she opened for Storyhill at the Zumbrota State Theatre in April, Beth Wood returns to town to perform a solo concert at Crossings. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 30.

Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, Wood dreamed of becoming a musician, a baker or a cowgirl. She studied voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina, then earned a degree in literature and guitar in Austin, Texas. Once she started writing songs, she was hooked on the musical freedom she discovered.

"The Weather Inside," Wood's eighth studio release, is a case study in contrast. A coming-of-age statement record from a veteran artist, her latest work embraces strength and tenderness, the polished and the well-worn, the broken and the hopeful heart.

Now living with her husband in Portland, Ore., Wood is settling in to the northwest music scene, where she has been featured in the Sisters Folk Festival and Song Academy.

Opening for Wood is folk singer-songwriter Laurie McClain.

A self-proclaimed singer from age of 6, McClain explores themes of identity, growth, friendship and love in her songs. She managed to make a name for herself on the national folk scene while raising her children. With her three daughters raised, McClain is now embarking on a full-time music career.

At a glance...

Who: Beth Wood and Laurie McClain will

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 30

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $14 in advance, $16 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or www.crossingsatcarnegie.com