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Steel Bird

by W.C. Beck

W.C. Beck is an itinerant singer/songwriter from KS who now calls New York home after long stints in Portland, OR and Paris, France. Beck’s songs span from indie folk to classic country and tell tales of the American heartland and a forgotten epoch.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Beck started writing this song right before boarding his flight to move to Paris from Portland. It was one of those moments where you are about to launch into the unknown, and the combination of fear and excitement, happiness and anticipation create an overflow of emotions. As time passed and the song developed, a lot of the imagery was influenced by his experiences living in the City of Light, with its incredible monuments, eternally fascinating people-watching and rich history. The song is about leaving behind the musical community that nurtured him and an entire life he had built in Portland for a adventure into the unknown. These experiences made him realize that while this venture may not mean a damn thing to anyone else, following one’s dreams and passions is paramount, especially as difficult challenges arise: “they might not build an arch in your name, oh, let ‘em know that you came and lived for a while.”

First Flight is the new album from Brooklyn-based folk singer and multi-instrumentalist W.C. Beck, his first since releasing his critically acclaimed albums Sapling, Kansawyer and Quivira while living in Portland, OR.

Working with Vanity Sound engineers and producers Myles Turney (Philip Glass, Beirut, Boy George) and Joel Arnow (Loudon Wainwright III, John Scofield) Beck’s ninth studio album First Flight was recorded in various locations in and around New York. Building on his country and Americana roots, the harmonies and classic melodies of his previous recordings, First Flight sees Beck explore expansive and emotive soundscapes, more lush instrumentation, raucous alt-country and moments of great intimacy.

After years working as a full-time musician in Portland, OR and touring with The Portland Country Underground, Blue Giant, Bobby Bare, Jr., and Quiet Life; and supporting tours with The Dandy Warhols, Beck decided to go back to grad school. His studies eventually took him to Paris and during this period of transition, he wrote many of the songs that make up First Flight. After completing his studies, Beck moved to New York, where he began playing regularly in the indie folk and Americana scene. He met fellow songwriter Justin Wilcox and began working on many recording projects together, one of which would become Monteagle.

Following the release of Monteagle’s debut album Midnight Noon (Fire Talk) in late 2018, he has been touring and playing extensively. His time playing as a lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist has influenced the recording of First Flight toward a full band sound with elements of late 70s country rock and cosmic Americana.

Recorded and mixed in 2017 by Turney and Arnow, the album was mastered in 2018 by Dan Millice at Engine Room Audio. First Flight is widely available June 7th.

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