Touchstones, the new project from Colorado artist David Starr is David’s most recent colabouration project with John Oates (Hall and Oates).
Touchstones will feature a new single release every month for one year starting in November 19 (here on The Sublist Scotland) presenting “Every Kind Of People” 2020. During a year where COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks, Starr took time to reflect on and experience anew the music that shaped his own. “Some of the songs I cover were lyrically inspiring,” explains Starr. “Some were songs I’d played in bands over the years. Some just felt good to sing and play. Others brought back fond memories or a kind of familiar melancholy.”
Decembers release is “Gotta Serve Somebody” Written by Bob Dylan for his 1979 studio album Slow Train Coming Produced by David Starr and Mark Prentice, with co-production by David Kalmusky. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville by David Kalmusky along with Ethan Barrette and Alberto Sewald. David Starr – lead and background vocals and electric guitar Mark Prentice – bass and keyboards Matt Bubell – drums Mark Prentice – electric guitars Dan Dugmore – lap steel Michelle Prentice -background vocals
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The first single of the project, a cover of Robert Palmer’s hit “Every Kind of People”, is available digitally on November 19. The track features John Oates (Hall & Oates) and Michelle. Prentice on background vocals, Mark Prentice on bass and keyboards, Dan Dugmore on acoustic guitar, John Prentice on electric guitar, and Matt Bubel on drums.
“We gotta heal and work together, that’s all we have,” says Starr on the message behind the song. “This year has brought out the best and worst in us. Time to look hard in the mirror. It takes us all to make it work.” Touchstones follows Starr’s acclaimed early 2020 record, Beauty and Ruin. Produced and arranged by John Oates, the collection of songs was inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by Starr’s grandfather in 1972. “It is like watching a movie,” says Oates. “The cinematic aural landscape visually evokes a classic tale of tragedy, love gone wrong and an exploration of human nature and all its flaws.”