WATER VALLEY – On Friday, Nov. 11th, at 7:30 p.m., award winning Nashville songwriter Becky Warren comes to Water Valley for an intimate concert evening at Foster Music and Arts’ Old School Theater. Recognized a significant new songwriter by both the Kerrville Folk Festival (2015) and Merlefest (2014), Becky Warren is on tour promoting her debut solo album, War Surplus which was released October 14th.
On War Surplus, 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, and then struggle to hold it all together when he returns from his deployment a changed man living with the echoes of PTSD. From the record’s award-winning lead track “Call Me Sometime” straight through ‘til the last note, Warren weaves a compelling musical narrative rooted in her own life experiences and the rich sounds of Americana and rock & roll, all the while channeling the bold yet unaffected spirit of Neil Young, the compassion and grit of Steve Earle, and the fiery, bourbon-soaked vocals of Lucinda Williams.
A record concerned with real human stories, War Surplus is also refreshingly devoid of political posturing, and deeply respects the experiences of veterans and their friends and family. “The album deals with some heavy themes, Warren says, “but it was also important to me that it be catchy and fun to listen to.”
According to the Huffington Post: “Once in a blue moon, you’ll hear an artist for the first time who presents a debut solo album with moving music and stirring lyrics that immediately touch the heart and soul. In 2016, Nashville singer-songwriter Becky Warren is that artist, and the potent, poignant War Surplus is that album.”
The Old School Theater is a revitalized 250-seat school auditorium located inside the Melonvine Marketplace on the south side of Water Valley at 817 South Main Street. Foster Music & Arts regularly presents both national and regional music acts at the theatre with the stated mission of “cultivating the best live music in North Mississippi.”
The entire fall series of Foster Music & Arts shows are made possible by the generous support of both Valley Tool, Inc. and Turnage Drug Store of Water Valley. All Foster Music & Arts shows at the Old School Theater are also sponsored by The Caryl Company and the Melonvine Marketplace.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7. The show is general admission, tickets are $12 and they can be purchased at the door on the day of the show with cash or they can be purchased with a credit card online at fostermusicarts. com.