Sara Beck joins (the) Kevin Costner for European tour

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Dave Carew

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Sara Beck joins (the) Kevin Costner for European tour

By Dave Carew

I first met singer/songwriter Sara Beck in early 2000 at the legendary (and sadly now defunct) Nashville club The Sutler. She was a Vanderbilt student at the time, 18 or 19 years old, and just starting out. That first time I saw her, she played for about three people, one of whom (as the stale joke goes) was the bartender.

How things have changed. By virtue of sheer hard word, determination, and a seemingly bottomless well of musically-diverse talent (pop, R & B, Americana, folk), Sara has emerged as one of the best (and still most under-publicized and under-appreciated) singer/songwriters in Music City. Her “Music for Lovers & Fighters” CD Release Party last April at 12th & Porter was—hands down—the best concert I attended in 2009.

Now—according to an e-newsletter Sara sent out this week—Sara is headed out on a 30-city European tour with Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner and his band Modern West. Sara’s e-mail, read in part, “I am on my way to Europe [with] Kevin Costner & Modern West, where I will be the acoustic opener in addition to singing a featured duet with Kevin and the band each night! That duet, ‘Let Me Be the One,’ is a beautiful love song written by John Coinman, and it is the first single off of Modern West’s new album, “Turn It On” (available February 22nd in Europe and Spring 2010 in the US). The complete tour schedule [will include] Spain, France, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Germany, Austria, and maybe a few more I’m forgetting!”

Congratulations, Sara. It couldn’t have happened to a more talented artist!

For more about Sara Beck, and to hear her music, visit Sarabeck.net.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

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