David Starr Tunes Up For Acoustic Album June 14

Article Contributed by Richlynn Group | Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Americana artist David Starr announces the release of his latest album, Starr & Stucky, featuring prolific mandolin player Erik Stucky. The dynamic duo has been honing their live show for the better part of seven years, with audiences begging for a stripped-down album just the two of them, which fans will now receive June 14. With Starr’s soulful vocals and crafted guitar parts at the center, and licks galore from Stucky, it is easy to see why.

Starr has been ramping up the release with three previous singles, including “Good As Gone,” “Edge Of The World,” and “Waiting In The Dark.” All of the songs on the project are acoustic versions reimagined from his previous records. “This album has been something Erik and I have wanted to do for a long time,” Starr shares. “We have so much fun in our live show and are proud of how we’ve developed it together; taking it to the studio was a no-brainer. The record is already selling like crazy at shows and I am happy for it to be officially out in the world!”

Each song on Starr & Stucky was recorded in one take at Nashville’s Addiction Sound Studios, with David and Erik next to each other in the main recording room. There’s virtually no edits, what you hear is what you get, which speaks to both of their raw talents. The project is produced by Mark Prentice and David Starr, with mastering and mixing from David Kalmusky.

The final focus track “Rise Up Again” was written with John Oates for Starr’s acclaimed Beauty & Ruin album. Their paths will cross this coming weekend at the Grand Mesa Songwriter Festival in Cedaredge, CO where Oates will headline. A longtime resident, Starr has been integral in the formation of the festival and prioritizing arts in the town - from his beloved guitar store, Starr’s Guitars, to serving on the board at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center.

After returning from a three week run in the UK, Starr & Stucky are set to perform across CO, WY, MT, and TX this summer. With the release of Starr & Stucky, audiences across the world will now get the opportunity to experience their dynamic acoustic live performance.

David Starr is a Colorado-based, Americana and blues singer/songwriter with over 11 albums to his credit. The Arkansas native has honed his decades-long career touring internationally and sharing the stage with esteemed artists such as John Oates (Hall & Oates) and John McEuen, as well as opening for acts like America, Karla Bonoff, Jim Messina, Survivor, and more. He has been a showcasing artist at Folk Alliance International, AmericanaFest, and Southwest Regional Folk Alliance. His latest project Starr & Stucky, is an acoustic album with longtime accompanist and mandolin player Erik Stucky. The record is a nod to Starr’s dynamic acoustic live set with reimagined versions of setlist favorites. In 2023, he released Better Me, featuring originals such as the title track and “Closer To You,” the feisty blues-rock “Poison The Water,” as well as “Any Chance Of Going Home,” showcasing Starr’s masterful storytelling. His critically acclaimed album Beauty & Ruin is a collection of songs inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by Starr’s grandfather in 1972. Produced and arranged by John Oates, it is a southern gothic tale beautifully told through Starr’s own musical lens. His prestige extends beyond the stage, having launched Starr’s Guitars in Little Rock, before relocating to Cedaredge, CO in 2001, where it is now a beloved institution. Starr is also a founding member of the board for the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center in Cedaredge, an intimate event space aimed at attracting musicians and visual artists to Colorado’s Western Slope. For information on new music and upcoming tour dates, please visit www.DavidStarrMusic.com.