Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stephen Doster is inspired by lives of legendary friends Townes Van Zandt, Bill Hicks on “bittersweet,” “Byrds-ian” single “Shooting For The Stars.”

Track taken from Austin-based songwriter/guitarist/producer’s “New Black Suit” (Aug. 25th) follows-up his 2014 comeback “masterpiece,” “Arizona.”


Stephen Doster as photographed by Melinda Doster



Check out the premiere of “Shooting For The Stars” by Stephen Doster via KUTX 98.9 or the links below!


Doster’s Byrds-ian jangle is a perfect fit for the song’s bittersweet ode to youth” says Austin’s KUTX 98.9 in its “Song of the Day” premiere of “Shooting For The Stars” by  Stephen Doster.

The opening lines of “Shooting For The Stars” came from a conversation I had with Townes Van Zandt on December 16th, 1994 about my pal Bill Hicks,” says Stephen Doster of the first single from his upcoming album New Black Suit , arriving August 25th via Atticus Records. “It would have been Bill’s 33rd birthday that day.” Hicks is further immortalized on another of the album’s tracks, “William Melvin Hicks”.

New Black Suit is the follow-up to Doster’s first album in 18 years, 2014’s Arizona, which the Austin American-Statesman hailed as “One of the best records our city has produced this year,” and was also called a “masterpiece” with “one charmed melody after another” by the Austin Chronicle.

“Many of the songs on New Black Suit are speaking about friends of mine that have passed, but taught me a lot while they were here,” the Austin-based songwriter, guitarist and record producer explains. “I will always be grateful we were able to get it done,” he continues, alluding to the practical impact that the album’s subject matter of friends who have passed can have.

New Black Suit poignantly includes some of the last recorded work of legendary Austin session bassist and friend to many, George Reiff, who lost his battle with cancer on May 21st, 2017. Doster has dedicated the album to Reiff.

“For me, this is the most exciting and meaningful musical experience I’ve ever been a part of,” Doster says.

Despite the recurring lyrical theme of loss that is woven throughout the album, New Black Suit isn’t a downer. Its songs serve more as loving tributes and celebrations of their subjects.

Over the course of his long and varied career, Doster, a Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame inductee, has worked with Willie Nelson, Dr. John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joe Cocker, and Nanci Griffith among many others. More recently, he has enjoyed watching the rise to fame of Grammy Award-winner Maren Morris, whose debut album, Walk On, was produced by Doster.

New Black Suit, the latest album from Stephen Doster, arrives via Atticus Records on August 25th, 2017. Doster is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Stephen Doster – Live

09/9/2017: Austin, TX @ The Townsend (Record Release Show, 8PM)
11/9/2017: Tucson, AZ @ Monterey Court (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/12/2017: Pasadena, CA @ Old Oak Cellars (w/ Bob Cheevers, 3PM)
11/13/2017: Burbank, CA @ Cody's Viva Cantina (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/16/2017: Carmel, CA @ Barmel By The Sea (w/ Bob Cheevers, 7PM)
11/17/2017: Sacramento, CA @ Luna's Cafe (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/21/2017: Silver City, NM @ Tranquilbuzz Coffee House (w/ Bob Cheevers, 6PM)
11/22/2017: Taos, NM @ Historic Taos Inn (w/ Bob Cheevers, 630PM)
11/24/2017: Alamosa, CO @ The Society Hall (w/ Bob Cheevers, 7PM)
11/25/2017: Taos, NM @ Eske's Brew Pub (w/ Bob Cheevers, 630PM)
11/26/2017: Santa Fe, NM @ The Cowgirl Saloon (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)


Stephen Doster
New Black Suit
(Atticus Records)
August 25th, 2017

Track Listing:

01. Shooting For The Stars  (YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
02. Balmorhea
03. William Melvin Hicks
04. You Should’ve Seen This Place
05. Big Cars
06. Until The End
07. Something Good  (YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
08. Love Like Summertime
09. You Better Know It
10. New Black Suit


Stephen Doster Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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