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The Starlings

Member sinceMarch 15, 2008
LocationSeattle, WA
MembersJoy Mills, Tom Parker, Aimee Tubbs, Jack Quick
InfluencesPatty Griffin, Neko Case, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan...
Artist Biography:
"The Starlings vocal harmonies, acoustic goodness and sweet blend of folk and country set the stage for the band's storied original songwriting and the compelling presence of vocalist Joy Mills.”, 90.3 FM

The Starlings have captured the ears of fans both in the Northwest and beyond. The anticipated March 2008 release of their sophomore album, “Marveling the While” follows their successful 2006 release of debut album "Songbook." Based out of Seattle, they've received accolades from notable sources as Maverick Magazine and Americana UK; appeared live on Seattle's Audioasis (KEXP); spent eight weeks on John Richards' (KEXP) "Top Ten Northwest Bands"; and shared prominent performances with the likes of Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Eilen, Jewell, The Everybodyfields, Shannon McNally, Michelle Malone and numerous regional artists. Featured in a 2-page spread in the March 2007 issue of Maverick Magazine (UK), The Starlings are bringing their blend of Americana country and folk music to an ever broader stage, garnering fans from all corners of the musical spectrum.

“Marveling the While” picks ups where “Songbook” leaves off – bringing us further down an aural path of lush production, soulful and sparkly vocals, and featuring guests appearances from Mike Grigoni (Willy Mason, Peter Rowan, Chris Stuart and Backcountry), Lauryn Shapter, and Chad Hinman (producer). With a title inspired by the literary works of John Steinbeck, “Marveling the While” explores themes of time and duality, opening with the powerful track, “Love and War”, the bitter sweetness of life in “Silver Thread,” a tribute to a gypsy mother in “Geraldine,” and the spooky, panoramic montage of “Honey Creek.” The Starlings raise the bar in this production, reaching a new pinnacle with their use of metaphor, harmonies, and dynamics.

"Songbook" covers a wide terrain of folk and Americana landscapes including the homage paid to elders in the opening track, "Hand to Mouth," and the wanderer's story in "Alaskan Fire." Other stand-outs include the minor-key foot-stompers "Bones to Ashes" and "Rosie" as well as the elegantly-orchestrated "Sinner's Glory," and the old-time-flavored sweetness of "Acorn."

Led by the magnetic harmonies and songwriting of Joy Mills and Tom Parker, the lyrics and vocals are all at once wistful and fierce, haunting and soothing. Their approach is contemporary and inventive, inspired by the classics of country, folk and Appalachia. Guitar, banjo, harmonica and mandolin give front porch flavors to the songs, while Aimee Zoe Tubbs and Jack Quick provide the solid and stylish foundation on drums and bass, respectively, as well as backing vocals. Elemental themes create The Starlings' solid repertoire – from a pin-dropping ballad to a foot-stomping barnburner, their images linger – empty boxcars, twilight on the prairie, divining rods, river beds, the long drive home, and an underlying wonder at the mystery of it all.

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