Rebecca Carter Burke has been singing for most of her life. But, she really found her voice during the pandemic, when she was looking for creative outlets and started putting her poetry to music. This is where she found a way to really be heard, as an artist. Six single releases later, we find her feeling hopeless in a relationship, longing to leave, but settling to stay. This is the story of her original song, “I Stay.”
The jangly guitars and the harmonies of “I Stay” are very reminiscent of music from the Byrds, and Linda Rondstadt. Rondstadt happens to be one of RCB’s heroes, and obvouiously played a major role in shaping what has become her sound. There is no doubt, traditional country music has seeped into the sound that Rebecca and Blame the Whiskey have created. It’s refreshing to hear the foundation on which country music was built in the music of this artist. Hints of folk, bluegrass and blues all being represented. It’s a more acoustic, natural approach to our genre that can often be bogged down in modern production.
My Local Catch of the Week grew up in Georgia and lived in Texas (before moving to Boston). So it’s likely Rebecca was never far from a country song on the radio. Honestly, at first listen, I thought of The Judds early songs. I also caught hints of Pam Tillis, and a taste of the women in country music in the 80s and 90s sound, that laid the ground work for women in country today. It’s a fresh take on a timeless sound. Whatever you call it, it’s working for Rebecca Carter Burke and her band Blame the Whiskey.