There is something to be said about an artist that can navigate though twang, rock and folk with an autobiographical nature, yet connect with an outsider. Nashville singer/songwriter Becky Warren echoes Lucinda Williams with a raspy voice that moves to explosive anguish, encouraging time listeners to ask – “who is that singing?” Add a top notch band and an insightful song cycle and you can hear why the Indigo Girls picked Warren to open a series of fall shows for them (dates below).
With her debut solo album, War Surplus (Oct. 14) , Warren relays the affecting, gritty and candid tale of the relationship between an Iraq-bound soldier named Scott and his girlfriend, June. As the story unfolds, the two meet, fall in love, get married and then struggle to hold it all together when he returns from his deployment a changed man living with the echoes of PTSD. straight through ‘til the last note, Warren’s potency as a songwriter is on full display, as she weaves a compelling musical narrative rooted in her own life experiences and the rich sounds of Americana and rock & roll/
Supporting Warren on War Surplus (out Oct. 14) is an impressive cast of Nashville musicians including guitarist and pedal-steel player Paul Niehaus (Calexico, Iron & Wine, Justin Townes Earle, Bobby Bare Jr.), drummer Dillon Napier (Margo Price), and Adam Wakefield (2nd place, The Voice), who sings backing vocals on “Call Me Sometime” and plays organ and accordion throughout the record. This talented pickup band joined Warren this past March for six days of sessions at analog-obsessed Nashville studio Welcome to 1979, with Warren’s friend and bassist Jeremy Middleton—a military veteran himself—handling production duties. “The fact that Jeremy had, in his own life, been through some of the same experiences on the record made him a perfect fit,” Warren says. “I had over 30 songs I could have used—he really helped me sift through everything and choose the ones that best told the story. And he did a lot of arranging.”
Glide is premiering the hard hitting “Call Me Sometime” (below)- a song tapping into a bluesy directness, narrating musically of Tom Petty classic and maintaining the urgency of Steve Earle. Becky Warren is onto something and we can surely expect her creating her own devoted fan base and large discography to call her own.
Becky hopes the record will resonate with a wide range of fans while raising awareness about veterans and PTSD. “There are so many people out there who have gone through similar experiences,” Warren says, “and I want to do everything I can to make them feel like they’re not invisible. And maybe at the same time, the record will lead some people to learn more about veterans’ issues, and take some positive action.”
Catch Becky Warren on tour with the Indigo Girls
9/22 – Nashville, TN @ American Legion Post 82 (Official AMA showcase)
10/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live (w/ Indigo Girls)
10/28 – South Orange, NJ @ SOPAC (w/ Indigo Girls) – SOLD OUT
11/01 – Albany, NY @ The Egg (w/ Indigo Girls)
11/03 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theature (w/ Indigo Girls)
11/04 – Westbury, NY @ The Space (w/ Indigo Girls)