NPR’s Quil Lawrence recently summed up “War Surplus” this way: “a classic, whiskey-soaked, honky-tonk, girl-meets-boy story in 12 songs. Except this story is girl meets boy, boy deploys, boy comes home with PTSD, which, soaked in whiskey, tears apart their marriage, which is also something of a classic in the veterans community.” 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. READ MORE..
“Why do you think it hasn’t happened yet?”
Caleb Caudle is shifting his boots in the gravel of a parking lot outside a factory-chic coffee shop in a refurbished warehouse on the edge of downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. The aspiring, country-tinged songwriter will release his seventh album, “Carolina Ghost,” at the end of this week, and he’s visibly anxious about the future. We’ve spent the last hour talking about the shady hustle that a young artist has to endure to get recognized beyond a handful of zip codes. READ MORE…