Press

NPR’s All Things Considered:
“[There’s] a growing gap between military families and other Americans. To bridge that gap, singer-songwriter Becky Warren put the experiences that she knows well into a new album.” [Full piece.]

The Bitter Southerner:
War Surplus selected as one of the best southern albums of 2016. “The boy is named Scott. His girlfriend’s name is June. Warren has structured the album as a conversation between the two, and the result is remarkable…A deadly accurate picture of a story that’s become all too familiar after more than a decade of a never-ending war.” [Full piece.]

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.” [Full piece]

Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls:
“This record is really from the gut. I think it needs to be heard.”

Craig Havighurst, WMOT:
“Even if Lucinda Williams or Mary Gauthier tackled this same, complex subject matter, it’s hard to imagine a more impressive result.” [Full piece]

Glide Magazine:
Rating: 9 stars “Warren’s War Surplus makes for nothing less than an extraordinary effort, one that resonates powerfully and poignantly from first note to last. Suffice it to say that with only one individual outing behind her, Warren has made a strong start towards what will likely become a most compelling career.” [Full piece]

The Bluegrass Situation:
Video premiere for “I Miss You”.

Elmore Magazine:
“I Miss You” [is] an exquisitely crafted, slow-burning Americana ballad in which June yearns for her faraway soldier. The ethereal cry of pedal steel matches the track’s slow, waltzing tempo to create an unmistakable sense of longing, carried by Warren’s solid, syrupy croon. Her gift for crafting keenly moving lyrics is on full display, line after line ringing with a plaintive, blue-collar poetry; “misery is working the graveyard shift… god I miss you like you wouldn’t believe,” she drawls. [Full piece]

NineBullets:
“Sometimes you hear an album so good you get viscerally pissed off when you admit to yourself that, in all reality, it will get heard by a criminally small amount of ears. It was that anger that pushed me to start ninebullets at all and it is that same anger that bubbles up after listening to this new album by Becky Warren that brings me back into the fray. However fleeting that appearance may be.” (Also picked as essential listening for 2016) [Full piece]

The Vinyl District:
Becky Warren, War Surplus (Self-released) Warren emerged on the scene over a decade ago as part of the Great Unknowns but took an extended break from music related to her husband’s PTSD; her solo debut tells the story of Iraq-bound soldier Scott and his girlfriend June across 12 tracks. Warren won the 2014 Merlefest Songwriting Competition for opener “Call Me Sometime,” and her vaguely post-Springsteen-style narrative thrives in a hearty pop Americana zone highlighted by Paul Neihaus’ steel guitar. Should interest fans of Neko Case (Warren has pipes) and Lucinda Williams (the songs, again). A- [Full piece]

Mother Church Pew:
Interview about War Surplus

Notes from Left of the Dial:
“Nashville singer-songwriter Becky Warren has a voice that washes over you in golden rays of Southern charm and grace…There’s a longing that goes beyond words; it exists as a reminder of the loss that is felt with such an absence.” [Full piece]

Dust of Daylight (Norway):
“Let Becky Warren take you on a trip into June and Scott’s history—you will not regret it.” (translated from the Norwegian). Also features live session of 3 songs. [Full piece and video]

Vents Magazine:
Interview about War Surplus