Sara Beck June 15th at One World Coffeehouse
4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Beck has opened over fifty shows for Kevin Costner & Modern West over the past two years, and she credits the opportunity to play solo acoustic shows for appreciative audiences all over the world as the impetus for her stunning new release, A Simple Thing. “It was so liberating to go into the studio alone and basically do what I do when I play solo shows. There’s so much freedom in letting melody and voice and simple guitar parts speak for themselves. It becomes all about the song and the performance. Some of my favorite artists – Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder – are at their best when it’s just them and a guitar or piano, and that aesthetic was my inspiration for this project.” Beck co-produced the album along with her husband, Park Chisolm, and the two recorded it at their home studio in Nashville.
Beck’s last two releases were pop albums, full of hooks and layered vocals. A Simple Thing showcases a singer-songwriter who has little need for ornamentation. The songs are spare but rich, featuring Beck’s delicate acoustic guitar, her weightless voice, and atmospheric electric guitar work by Chisolm. Lyrically, the songs reflect a singer/songwriter who is continually searching; the dobro-tinged “Silver Lining” confronts shattered dreams, while album opener “Go West” captures a restlessness that every artist knows. Her cover of Springsteen’s well-known 1984 hit “Dancing In The Dark” brings a new intensity to a familiar lyric.