Trials, tribulations, and triumphs mold us like clay. Slipping between the cracks of eloquent folk songcraft and dyed-in-the-wool Americana storytelling, you can practically hear the lessons learned, the wisdom earned, the pain endured, and the truth shared in the music of Judd Warrick

As his grizzled bellow rings out over stark instrumentation, he soldiers through the hard times and always holds on to hope. The singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist funnels a lifetime of experience into his independent full-length debut LP, Brokenland

Brokenland is my story,” he says. “I don’t think life ever goes exactly how you want it to. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. I’m not old; I’m just not twenty anymore. There was a divorce. I’m a single dad to two daughters. It was rough—though I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. I like to say my situation is broken but hopeful.”

Judd admittedly grew up “in a really musical family. His maternal grandfather performed as a trained opera singer, while his mother and sisters sang locally in a trio. At six-years-old, he naturally picked up the drums. Absorbing a passion for Led Zeppelin from his folks, he spent years behind the kit before handling guitar and vocals for a metal band in his early twenties. However, music took a backseat as life happened fast. Following his divorce, he devoted every moment to raising his daughters in between a busy “day job. Taking advantage of rare pockets of free time, he performed around Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival and at various ski resorts (often with his little girls bundled up and along for the ride).

After all of this intermittent gigging and creating, 2023 finally presented the perfect opportunity for him to actualize his lifelong dream.

“I wanted to wait until my daughters were old enough to pretty much take care of themselves,” he says. “I’m in a better place where I can focus.”

Though his personal taste runs the gamut from Tool and Deftones to Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash, he embraced singer-songwriters such as Amos Lee, Jason Isbell, and Glen Hansard during this creative season. Working out of June Audio, Judd not only sang, but played guitar and drums, while renowned engineer Scott Wiley [Imagine Dragons, The Killers] produced and  contributed bass. 

His stories are sprinkled with wisdom…the songs deal with reality more often than not…one of the strongest ‘A Tired Old Theme,’ has a savory melodic instrumentation framed by Warrick’s determined tale in a John Hiatt manner. . . It holds on to a folky aesthetic, but deeper than folk. There’s a precision to the words, married to the melodies like the love between two people you thought hated one another…he has a voice that exemplifies having lived. The songs have a motivation driven by experience…The songs aren’t written with a mainstream commerciality curve. They’re not downers — but laid out with a sense of importance idealistically & with a satisfying sound assimilated by Judd’s personal style…On ‘Carry On,’ Judd even flexes his Rod Stewart balladry muscle…There are many topics & subjects a songwriter can dig his pen into & Judd Warrick has such a vision.” - John Apice

Americana Highways, May 27, 2024


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