Sara Beck releases “Technicolor” CD

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Sara Beck releases “Technicolor” CD

by Dave Carew

If you ask me to cast my ballot for “Most Talented While Still Under-Appreciated Singer-Songwriter in Nashville,” Sara Beck gets my vote hands down. Although she spent much of 2010 touring Europe and opening for (the) Kevin Costner and his band Modern West—just months after turning in what, to me, was the best club show of 2009 (her album release party featuring Gabe Dixon and Jeremy Lister at 12th & Porter)—Sara still doesn’t seem to generate the breathless ink others get routinely . . . and which her talent warrants infinitely more.

Here’s hoping that will change with the release of her new record, Technicolor.

Asked by Underground Nashville what inspired the album, Sara told me, “I made this album after getting really into new music by Corinne Bailey Rae, Feist, and John Legend, and revisiting records I have loved by Sade and Stevie Wonder. I didn’t want to shy away from weighty material, but I wanted the music itself to feel sexy and bold.”

To give her fans a taste of the new record, Sara has posted short videos on YouTube, introducing a few of the songs. To check these out, go to YouTube and search for “Sara Beck+The Game” (particularly recommended), “Sara Beck+Technicolor,” and/or “Sara Beck+Portugal.”

Underground Nashville will post a complete review of Technicolor next week.

Sara Beck will be performing on Saturday, March 5 at 9 p.m. with Guilty Pleasures at Mercy Lounge and on Thursday, March 17 with Guilty Pleasures at the Cannery Ball Room in Nashville.

Sara’s official in-town “Technicolor” CD Release Show will be on Thursday, April  7 at The Basement.

For more information about Sara Beck and to hear selections from her new record, 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 book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

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