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.”
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Sara Beck returns from European tour with Kevin Costner
By Dave Carew
Sara Beck has had an amazing 2011. In addition to releasing THE best pop album of the year (yes, you just read that correctly), Sara also recently returned from touring in Europe with Academy Award-winning Kevin Costner and his band Modern West.
In this exclusive interview, Underground Nashville asked Sara about her recent experiences in Europe with Costner, and about what her fans might expect from her musically in the future.
UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: You’ve opened shows for Kevin Costner & Modern West in each of the past two summers. How did Kevin originally learn about you and invite you to open for him?
SARA BECK: My husband plays guitar player in Modern West, and Teddy Morgan, the band’s producer/guitarist, engineered and mixed my most recent record, Technicolor. Teddy asked me to sing on a couple of things for their last record, and I ended up recording a duet with Kevin called “Let Me Be the One,” which was their European single last year. I started going out on the road with them to promote the single, and it grew naturally into the band asking me to open for them.
UN: What do you most gain spiritually and/or artistically by opening for Kevin Costner in European cities?
SB: When I open shows for KCMW, I play solo, which is one of the most exciting ways to perform because the canvas is blank, and you’re the only one who can fill it. It forces you to be in the moment as a performer. Also, the audiences we have had have been wonderful—passionate and welcoming. That’s just fuel for a writer and performer, and there’s no substitute for it.
UN: You began your career as a folk/Americana singer-songwriter, then moved in a pop / r & b direction for your last two albums. Do you plan to continue to explore pop/r & b in your future writing and recording?
SB: Right now I’m finding that I’m actually more interested in making an acoustic record—maybe because I am playing so many acoustic shows. But the thing about this journey is that every new project incorporates where you’ve been with where you are. I am always interested in finding the soul of a song, and that’s something classic R&B does so well. I’d love to bring that spirit to a stripped down recording and see what happens.
For more about Sara Beck, visit SaraBeck.net.
David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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 advertising/marketing/public relations writer.