When a famous singer-songwriter suffers heartbreak, a stalled career, and the exposure of family secrets, she begins to test the limits of romantic and familial love. That singer is Annie Walsh, the fictional heroine of Deborah Reed’s new novel, Carry Yourself Back to Me. The book is like a country song: lyrical, moving, and filled with flawed characters. And now it actually has become a country song--or, to be exact, a country singer wrote a tune about it.
Enter Zia McCabe of the Dandy Warhols and new country band Brush Prairie. After she read Reed’s book, she paid tribute by writing and recording a song with the same title. A video soon followed that incorporates footage from small-town Florida, where the novel unfolds. Like the book, the video evokes childhood and family nostalgia, as well as a deep sense of place. Here’s Zia McCabe singing from the heart, just like Annie Walsh learns to do again in Carry Yourself Back to Me.
See if you can spot the author. She makes a cameo appearance in the video as part of the audience in a small-town bar.