The Premiere of David Starr’s “These Days”
From David’s Touchstones Project
January 14, 2021
Photos by Jeff Fasano
NoteWorthy Music is proud to premiere Colorado-based Americana artist David Starr’s January single: a stunning cover of Jackson Browne’s classic “These Days”—surprisingly fitting these days—from his Touchstones project.
“For as long as I can remember, this Jackson Browne song has been part of my soundtrack,” says David. “The plaintive lyrics, simple melody, and beautiful chord structure make it a great song to adopt and interpret. And the fact that the songwriter was only 16 when he wrote it makes it all the more poignant.”
Touchstones will feature a new favorite-cover single release every month for one year. The first single, a cover of the 1978 Robert Palmer hit (written by Andy Fraser of Free) “Every Kind of People,” became available across digital platforms in November of 2020.
“For as long as I can remember, this Jackson Browne song has been part of my soundtrack. The plaintive lyrics, simple melody, and beautiful chord structure make it a great song to adopt and interpret. And the fact that the songwriter was only 16 when he wrote it makes it all the more poignant.”
During a year where COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks, David took time to reflect on and experience anew the music that shaped his own. Many of the songs he chose to record he describes as “musical comfort food.”
“Some of the songs I cover were lyrically inspiring,” explains Starr. “Some were songs I’d played in bands over the years. Some just felt good to sing and play. Others brought back fond memories or a kind of familiar melancholy.”
Touchstones was produced by David Starr and Mark Prentice, with co-production by David Kalmusky. All of the songs were recorded, mixed, and mastered at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville by David Kalmusky along with Ethan Barrette and Alberto Sewald.
Touchstones follows Starr’s acclaimed February 2020 record, Beauty and Ruin. Produced and arranged by John Oates, the collection of songs was inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by David’s grandfather in 1972.
“It is like watching a movie,” says Oates. “The cinematic aural landscape visually evokes a classic tale of tragedy, love gone wrong, and an exploration of human nature and all its flaws.”
Beauty and Ruin and an updated edition of Of What Was, Nothing Is Left are available now at davidstarrmusic.com and across digital platforms.
David Starr- lead vocals and acoustic guitar
Mark Prentice- bass and piano
Matt Bubel- drums
Dan Dugmore- pedal steel
John Prentice- electric guitars
Michelle Prentice- background vocals
Jimmy Mattingly- violin
Martha Ditto- cello
For more David, read our David Starr: Beauty & Ruin
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