The punk turned country artist debuts her latest track, “Baby Come Back,” from her forthcoming album, Berlin-Nashville Express.
The song: “Baby Come Back,” from Bambi Lee Savage’s album Berlin-Nashville Express, available May 10th.
About the artist: Savage — born Shannon Strong in Pensacola, Florida — made a name for herself in Europe as an audio engineer when she assisted on U2’s 1991 album, Achtung Baby, at recording sessions in Berlin, where she had relocated. With Bono as the benefactor of her first recording session as a singer-songwriter, Savage began to concentrate on making her own music, earning praise for her song “Darlin’” on the 1996 Sling Blade soundtrack. Then came three albums: Matter of Time (2003), GJ and the PimpKillers (2009), and Darkness Overshadowed (2012). Now Savage is turning toward original country with her upcoming album, Berlin-Nashville Express.
About the song: “When I first started working on this, it was a slow song and incomplete. But I found that by speeding it up it seemed to become itself in a way,” says Savage. “Mick Harvey’s guitar solo on that song makes me smile every time. I remember after he played it, we were listening back and he was sort of doing the play-by-play, saying, ‘Nope, not going anywhere, just staying on that note.’ He goes through several genres on virtually one note. Hilarious and sooooo cool.”
Why we like it: The song teeters between honky-tonk, traditional country, and rockabilly and dishes up some delicious retro backup harmonies, but the lip snarl in the attitude-filled vocal delivery and ramped-up guitar pay homage to Savage’s punk-rock roots.
Get an exclusive first listen to “Baby Come Back,” below.
For more information on Bambi Lee Savage, visit her website.