CHARLESTON — Buckhannon, West Virginia native Walter DeBarr announced he is releasing his debut EP, We Fall, We Break December 1, 2019. Since he stormed the independent music scene in late 2018, few who have heard DeBarr’s uniquely raspy voice and old-style acoustic fingerpicking imagine he is only about a year into what looks to be a very promising career.
This album represents something of a redemption story for DeBarr, who traveled a long road through addiction and multiple prison stints, including a severe low point following the death of his mother, before music brought him out the other side to hope and a new direction. The album’s haunting final track, “Oceans,” already a favorite among fans, he dedicates to his daughter Jozie.
Songs on the album alternate between driving, energetic tunes like opening track “Wicked Eyes” and title track “We Fall, We Break” to the more mellow and even melancholy like “Best I Can,” “Quicksand” and “I Won’t.” But the overarching theme is one of comfort with where he is in life and optimism about where he is going.
“This six-song EP has my whole heart in it,” said DeBarr, “and I hope it helps someone not feel so alone.”
Hello June frontwoman Sarah Rudy joins him on the track “Quicksand,” which he recently released as a single. The album was recorded, produced, and engineered at Rose City Recordings in Charleston, West Virginia, and several local musicians added their talents, including Mark Cline Bates, David McGuire of Bad Keys of the Mountain Jeremy Roberts of Flat Tracker and Travis Egnor, who has played in a variety of indie folk groups, among others.
The album release party will be December 1 at The Burl in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has been developing a large fan base. Fresh off a tour through Alabama and Missouri, DeBarr has also frequented venues in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, including headlining at The V Club in Huntington, WV and The Empty Glass in Charleston, WV.
For more information, promo requests, or to arrange an interview, contact Pamela Kesling at [email protected] or 304.437.3362 or visit www.walterdebarmusic.com.