“The Long Way Home” is the newest single from transient songwriter, W.C. Beck. It’s a lovely ballad sure to tug at the heartstring of anyone feeling the sting of homesickness. The tune comes from his 9th album (how have we not heard of him already?), First Flight due out on the 7th of June.
The video, directed by Josh Wein, will be a hit to anyone that enjoys the hobby of ‘People Watching.’ All of the people in the video are clearly headed somewhere. Most likely have no idea that they taking part in a music video. But if they did, we’re sure they’d be OK with the sentiment of the song.
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 and The Decemberists, 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.