Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Starlings, TN returns from five-year hiatus with new album of odd country sounds

Steve Subblefield project emerges from Katrina with “How Dark It Is Before The Dawn.”


Steve Subblefield is Starlings, TN. Photo by Carol He.



“How Dark It Is Before The Dawn” is the title track from the new album by Starlings, TN

[VIDEO]: http://vimeo.com/17681531 (“Not Even This Pain”)


About Starlings, TN

“With their bowed dulcimer, droning echo, and mysterious psychedelic touches, Starlings, TN combines the otherworldliness of John Cale-era Velvet Underground with the tradition of string and bluegrass bands of the ‘20s and ‘30s.” – All Music Guide

Since hurricane Katrina ravaged the gulf coast in late August of 2005, Steven Stubblefield has been working on a new Starlings, TN record. “That storm was like a bad acid trip,” Stubblefield says. “It lasted as nearly as long too. It was eight hours of chaos that left years destruction in its wake.”

With more than $10,000 worth of damage to his home from Katrina, Stubblefield spent the next three years helping others recover from the storm. He worked for the first ten months in Biloxi, MS with the humanitarian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. But, when a job working for the American Red Cross opened up in his home town of Hattiesburg, MS, he made the move back home.

“I enjoyed the time I was in Biloxi and will never forget the things I saw, heard, and the people I met while I was there. There were many precious moments,” Stubblefield says. When Katrina blew in I had already begun recording the ‘next album.’ I lost the hard drive I had been recording to during the storm and when I discovered several instruments were also lost, I was devastated.”

Stubblefield, who had been exposed to gospel music in his Baptist minister grandfather’s church, drew inspiration from listening to the archival albums of renowned folk collector Alan Lomax and from meeting noted dulcimer player David Schnaufer (Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr.). Stubblefield eventually came upon the sound he wanted when he bought a dulcimer and took lessons on the instrument from Schnaufer.

Over time, these instruments and hard drives were replaced and in early 2009 the bug struck and Stubblefield began writing and recording once again. “I’m really proud of the way How Dark It Is Before The Dawn came out as finished album. It was a tough record to make. I went through a lot during the time I spent making this record and am looking forward to brighter days.”

Steve Stubblefield is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Starlings, TN
How Dark It Is Before The Dawn
(Chicken Ranch, Out Now)
Request: FULL LP

Track Listing:

01. Not Even This Pain (VIDEO)
02. Two Sisters
03. Missouri
04. Sweet Rosianne
05. Family and Friends
06. Burnin’ Barrel
07. Haunted
08. Can’t Do Nothin’
09. Into This Night
10. Reason To Believe
11. How Dark It Is Before The Dawn (MP3)


Starlings, TN Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion, Inc.


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