Tune clipped from upcoming seventh album by the band, due in November.
By Blurt Staff
“I haven’t collaborated since high school, but the desire to be better has pushed me to,” says Starlings, TN band leader Steven Stubblefield. It’s been a long time since those days for Stubblefield, who emerged from a punk rock background to found the roots-based Starlings, TN (pronounced Starlings, Tennessee) in 2001 with current band member Tim Bryan, and David Schnaufer, famed dulcimer player and instructor (Cyndi Lauper was a student), who was widely credited with restoring the popularity of the instrument that helped anchor the group’s sound.
According to Bryan, Schnaufer, who passed in 2006, used to say “whoever shows up and plays is a Starling, and whoever listens is visiting Starlings, Tennessee. I know he would love this new album and lineup.” It’s a reassuring thought considering the shake-up in the way Starlings, TN usually does things that came with the collaborative nature of the band’s seventh full-length, All The Good Times.
The album, arriving November 12th via Austin’s Chicken Ranch Records, is preceded by the single “Burnt Ends,” which for any Texan, doesn’t really need much explanation. “It’s what I like most about Texas barbeque!” Stubblefield exclaims, saying exactly what we’re already thinking. Bryan sums up the album entire saying, “I couldn’t pick a better group of musicians or friends to join in this endeavor. We have grown together musically and personally. Indeed, all the good times are now.”
Check out the tune, above, at the latest in BLURT’s recent series of track premieres. Enjoy!