New album out now

Praise for Undesirable

"Complex, dispelling stereotypes about homelessness and its causes by revealing the humanity [within] roadside paper vendors....While the topics on Undesirable are often tough, much of the music itself is hopeful, even joyful"

—NPR Music (Brittney McKenna)

"Fueled by a Southern Rock vibe that provides a sonic glimpse of an alternate universe where Bruce Springsteen was born in Gainesville, Florida, and helped form the Heartbreakers."

—Billboard Magazine (Isaac Weeks)

"Gritty, gutsy and politically potent country-rock with strong storytelling chops."

—Rolling Stone (Marissa Moss)

"[T]he narratives feel so real and burst with humanity. The stories in her songbook may be heavy, but Warren expertly makes them about hope more than anything else."

—Paste Magazine (Ellen Johnson)

"[O]ne of neo-Nashville's best yet most unheralded singer-songwriters, one who possesses all-Americana values while facing hard truths in tackling difficult concepts."

—Pop Matters (Michael Bialas)

 

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About

Becky Warren's sophomore album, Undesirable, is about humanity. Distilling the stories of a group of homeless and formerly homeless entrepreneurs in her home base of Nashville, Warren relays the essence of the human experience, and shines a spotlight on the relatable, common ties that bind us together, regardless of our demographic. 

Following the success of her first solo album, War Surplus, the gritty love story of an Iraq War vet and his girlfriend partly inspired by Warren's own life, many asked her, "How the hell do you plan to follow that up?" After the album earned her a Veterans Day feature on NPR's All Things Considered, a regular opening slot with The Indigo Girls, and an A rating from the dean of American rock critics himself, Robert Christgau, Warren admits that even she sometimes worried she wouldn't be able to make a second record she was as happy with. With this new and inspired set of compelling, catchy, guitar-driven songs in the spirit of heartland rock n’ roll masters like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, Undesirable puts those worries to rest. 

"The rewarding thing for me about the response to my last album," Warren says, "was that it gave me a chance to write about veterans—a group of people who are often seen as somehow different or 'other'—in ways that showed listeners that their struggles and lives are actually really similar." So when Warren started planning her second project, she looked around for another group of people who seemed "othered,” and right away she thought of one of her favorite things about Nashville: The Contributor, Nashville's street paper, which is sold around town by homeless and formerly homeless vendors. The vendors buy the paper from the non-profit that produces it, and then sell it for a profit. Warren went to a few "paper releases,” the weekly event where vendors can buy the new issue for the first time, but quickly realized that the best way to learn people's stories was to approach vendors as they were selling, introduce herself, and ask to talk with them while they sold the paper.

In less talented hands, the result might have been political, didactic, depressing. But for the protagonists of Warren's songs, homelessness is never a defining characteristic. Instead, they're people who are mourning loss, ditching bad relationships, striving against ruthless odds, falling in love—in other words, completely human. "I actually thought there would be a fair amount of overlap with subjects I already knew well from writing about a veteran with PTSD—mental health, substance abuse—but I learned after just a couple interviews that those were complete misconceptions," Warren admits. "To make a living selling The Contributor, you have to get up every day, no matter the weather, take a long bus ride, and stand outside for hours making a real connection with your customers, like any good salesperson. You have to be incredibly hardworking, with an unshakable belief in yourself to make it work."

Supporting Warren on Undesirable is an impressive musical cast led by producer/guitarist Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Rodney Crowell, Kelsey Waldon), including Warren's longtime bassist Jeremy Middleton (also of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen) and her friend and musical mentor, Indigo Girl Amy Ray, whose vocals make the blistering first track, "We're All We Got", a standout, and an anthem for the people portrayed on Undesirable, who've been dealt a tough hand but are determined to play it and win.

Becky Warren, photo by Anna Haas
Photos by Anna Haas

Shows

Date City Venue Country
12/06/18 Chicago, IL Haymarket Americana Series United States
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: Free. Address: Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W Randolph St.
01/17/19 - 01/20/19 South Walton, FL 30A Songwriters Festival United States
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/13/19 New Bern, NC TBD United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/14/19 Morehead City, NC Jack’s United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/15/19 Salter Path, NC St. Francis By The Sea United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.

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Listen

Undesirable ( 2018)

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All songs by Becky Warren except "Let Me Down Again" and "Highway Lights" by Becky and Mary Bragg.

War Surplus ( 2016)

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All songs by Becky Warren except "Stay Calm, Get Low", lyrics by Becky and music by Becky & Brad Hammer.

Album cover art: Unserviceable by Drew Cameron, Combat Paper.

Press

10/19/2018 Paste Magazine Daily Dose: Becky Warren, "Carmen"
10/19/2018 American Standard Time Becky Warren – Undesirable
8/31/2017 American Songwriter Song premiere: "I'm Leaving"
3/10/2017 Noisey/Robert Christgau Album review, A-
12/21/2016 Acoustic Guitar Magazine Becky Warren Turns Personal Hell into Poetic Song
12/6/2016 Bitter Southerner Best Southern Albums of 2016, #16
12/1/2016 No Depression Video premiere
11/10/2016 Glide Magazine Album review, 9/10
10/25/2016 Washington Times Becky Warren: 'Dive Bar Sweetheart'
10/11/2016 Huffington Post First listen and album review
9/28/2016 Pop Matters Song premiere
9/23/2016 Bluegrass Situation Video premiere
8/5/2016 Elmore Magazine Video premiere

Video

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Becky Warren, Undesirable
 
 

Contact

Press:

Jake Lanier/Susan Hubbard, Lucky Bird
Jake@luckybirdmedia.com
Susan@luckybirdmedia.com

Radio:

Al Moss
almosspromo@gmail.com

Booking:

booking@beckywarren.com

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