Quite a few people think about bumblebees and Shannon Hoon when they think about Blind Melon. But in 2006, a decade after Hoon’s passing, Travis T. Warren took over as frontman. In late 2011, Travis started working on getting his solo material out there.
Iron Ridge Road Recordings released Beneath These Borrowed Skies, Warren’s debut album, on Sept. 25. Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, Guided By Voices) mixed the album, which Warren produced. Artists like Aja Volkman (Nico Vega), Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) and Eva Gardner (Pink’s backing band) can also be found on the record.
Clarity Way, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Pennsylvania, runs Iron Ridge Road Recordings and all of the proceeds that the label makes from the album will be donated to a charity affiliated with the Grammy’s. MusiCares will be using the funds donated by the label to help support musicians in need. With the drug-related tragic passing of Blind Melon’s first frontman and “Travis being a musician in recovery himself,” the debut on this label is quite fitting.