Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Stephen Doster takes “perfect, driving melodies” of “New Black Suit” on the road. Austin-based artist’s critically praised album celebrates lives lost.

Drawing inspiration from friendships with legends Townes Van Zandt, Bill Hicks, Suit is “an extended eulogy filled with an appreciation for life.”


Stephen Doster as photographed by Melinda Doster


Stephen Doster – In The Press

“Perfect, driving melodies in the key of reflection.” — Austin Chronicle

Doster’s revelatory 2014 album Arizona was his first release in 18 years, but its success inspired him to reconvene quickly. The results are similarly wondrous.” — Austin American-Statesman

“Drawing from his relationships with Texas legends — Townes Van Zandt and comedian Bill Hicks — he writes personally about lost friends. New Black Suit is an extended eulogy filled with an appreciation for life.” — Austin Monthly



“Doster’s Byrds-ian jangle is a perfect fit for the song’s bittersweet ode to youth.”

“Shooting For The Stars” is “Song of The Day” at Austin’s KUTX 98.9.

Listen here or at the links below.



Stephen Doster visits host Jody Denberg in Studio 1A at KUTX 98.9 to perform “Shooting For The Stars” live. See it now via VuHaus.

“When I moved to Austin decades ago, the first local artist I heard on the radio was Stephen Doster, and now the most recent local artist I’ve heard on the radio is Stephen Doster. Incredible band. Incredible new album, New Black Suit.” — Jody Denberg, KUTX 98.9, Austin


Stephen Doster tour in support of New Black Suit launches Nov. 9th. See below for full itinerary.

Over the course of his long and varied career, Stephen 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.

Doster’s most recent album New Black Suit is the follow-up to his 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. Doster will launch a three-week tour tomorrow, Nov. 9th  in support of the album with fellow Texas-based musician, Bob Cheevers. See below for full itinerary.

 “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 continues. “I will always be grateful we were able to get it done,” he says, alluding to the practical impact that the album’s subject matter of friends who have passed can have.

The opening lines of “Shooting For The Stars,” the album’s first single, came from a conversation I had with Townes Van Zandt in December, 1994 about my pal Bill Hicks,” Doster explains. “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 also includes some of the last recorded work of legendary Austin session bassist and friend to many, George Reiff, who Doster has dedicated the album to, and in an additional, unplanned tribute, most of New Black Suit was written on a Bill Collings acoustic guitar. Doster is a Collings featured artist who bought the instrument from the man himself. Read more about Doster’s experience with the late luthier in Doster’s recent interview with Guitar World.

New Black Suit, the latest album from Stephen Doster, is out now via Atticus RecordsDoster is on tour through Nov. 26th and is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Stephen Doster – On Tour

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)
11/15/2017:  Paso Robles, CA @ D’Anbino (w/ Louie Ortega and Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/16/2017: Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA @ Barmel (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)
Out Now

Track Listing:

01. Shooting For The Stars  (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | 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 | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
08. Love Like Summertime (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
09. You Better Know It
10. New Black Suit


Stephen Doster Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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