David Starr performing in Paso Robles April 23
Colorado musician David Starr will perform music from his new EP, The Head and Heart, on Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles. John Oates of Daryl Hall & John Oates produced the EP, which was recorded in Nashville.
Oates says, “David Starr has a voice you will never forget. His music is authentic, his songs are honest, full of emotion and truth. His new EP, The Head and Heart, is a showcase for his classic songwriting style and wonderful guitar playing.”
The longtime friends decided to let the recordings have some breathing room, while still giving the city’s brilliant session players an opportunity to shine.
“I’ve always done my own producing and it was liberating to let someone else take the reins,” says Starr, who owns a thriving guitar store called Starr’s Guitars in the heart of Cedaredge, Colorado. “I told John, ‘I really want you to push me to sing better.’ I have a tendency when I get in the studio to say, ‘Yeah, that’s in key and I got all the words right. Let’s move on.’ On a number of songs, he said, ‘That’s great. Get back in there and do it one more time.’ I can hear where he pushed me a little bit.”
The Head and Heart begins elegantly with “Edge of the World,” which began as a story about the complexity of women, but also applies to the mysteries of music. The thoughtful title track conveys that dramatic distance between what you think and what you feel.
It was Oates’ suggestion to include The Mamas & The Papas’ classic “California Dreamin’.” Without the familiar four-part harmonies of the original recording, Oates’ atmospheric production draws attention to Starr’s soulful singing.
Starr’s intriguing melodies elevate songs like “Waiting in the Dark,” which alludes to the drug addictions that haunted a number of his friends in the 1980s. Meanwhile, “I’ve Come for You” hints at timeless late-night temptations. “Dancing With My Pride,” co-written with his friend Bob Liepman at a songwriting workshop in California, is inspired by a character in a book written by his grandfather Fred Starr.
David Starr grew up in Northwest Arkansas and started playing drums at 10, then picked up guitar at 13. He has released eight albums (including The Head and Heart) and opened shows for Survivor, Clint Black, Restless Heart, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Guess Who.
He launched Starr’s Guitars in Little Rock in 1998, then relocated to Cedaredge in 2001. Today, the store is such an institution that Cedaredge proclaimed the musician’s birthday as David Starr Day in 2016.