Destination Unimportant (2006) is fully steeped in the "Iowa sound." This disc captures the work of BeJae's trio that performed from 2003-06 - with Al Clarke (electric guitar) and Jackie (bass). The legendary Steve Hayes ("Chief") added drums throughout, Dave Zollo contributed piano, and Patrick Bloom - percussion. David Zollo (founder, Trailer Records) produced DU and Patrick (Brickel) Bloom recorded, mixed, and mastered. Trailer Records added DU as #40. This project was made possible by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
Navigating Limbo (2000) reflects BeJae's deepening Iowa sensibilities and the influence of musicians and writers from across the region. The great musicians on these tracks include Dave Moore (harmonica and accordian), David Zollo (piano), Peter Mayer (vocals), Bo Ramsey (electric guitar), Bob Long (keyboards), and Victor Sanders (electric guitar). BeJae asked Jackie to play bass on this disc even though at the time she'd had one for less than a year. BeJae recorded with Victor Sanders (production and engineering, Lakeside Media, Chicago). NL is otherwise known as Trailer Records #18. This project was vitally supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
Red Cross Woman, BeJae's first solo CD, was released in 1996. She recorded with production and engineering by Victor Sanders (Lakeside Media, Chicago). The amazing musicians joining BeJae on this disc are Brian Derek (fretless bass), Bob Long (keyboards), Sarah Allen (percussion) Debra Marquart (vocals), Rich Halajian (violin), Michael Levin (soprano sax), and Victor Sanders (electric guitar). After listening to Brian Derek's work on this album for a couple of years, Jackie bought her first bass. The second one was fretless. RCW became the 8th disc in the Trailer Records Catalog. This project was made possible by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
Live on a Slow Night was recorded when the duo, Jim Ritchey & BeJae Fleming, performed at Poor David's Pub in Dallas, TX in the early 1980s. You'll hear BeJae playing mandolin on Tennessee Bottle and claw-hammer banjo on Honey Bear. This version is digitally captured from a tape-based recording and conveys the feel of a music club that hosted some of the legendary Texas and nationally touring acts of the time. BeJae and Jim performed together and toured extensively for a dozen years.
- Tennessee Bottle as performed by Ritchey & Fleming at the Kerrville Folk Festival and captured on the collection, The Early Years: The Kerrville Folk Festival, 1972-1981 (which can be heard by clicking here: disc, 8, track 10). This song, written by Jim Ritchey, was featured on Kenny Rogers' album, The Gambler (1978), which sold over 35 million copies.