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Catching Up With Shawn Starski

I was happily surprised when I learned that Shawn Starski was joining forces with Kelley Hunt for some gigs, and they would be on the October Blues Cruise. For me it would be interesting to see Shawn in new surroundings from when I last saw him as part of Jason Ricci & New Blood.

It was quite a pleasure, this young man has all the tools and talent to become quite the guitarist. Working with the Kelley Hunt Band, he was given a framework of the songs and he was more than able to layer in his own sound and yet incorporate it into the bluesy-soulful template of her band. In fact it worked out so well that Shawn was asked to play on her upcoming release ‘Gravity oves You‘ (look for it to hit the streets on January18th, 2011 on 88 Records). Cruisers were thrilled to have a chance to see him again, as well as to see him in a new environment. To a person they all agreed that Shawn was outstanding and fit right in while adding his own skills to the mix.

Determined to stay positive after the demise of his seven year association with Jason Ricci, Shawn is excited about what opportunities await him and the band. Stating that they have always been a solid band, and that they have been keeping their noses in the music in various forms, from New York to Nashville and Memphis, they are now ready to test their mettle and take the road as a unified force. The seven years of working with Jason helped Shawn grow as a musician and writer. He wrote about half of the original music, giving  direction the band as a whole,  and he was very happy with that role –  never expecting to have to look for new employment as a musician.

His work with Kelley has opened not only his eyes, but ears to what is possible in music. He found that the piano created a freedom for his guitar playing that he had never experienced before. That plus the arrangements and song writing skills of Kelley, allowed him to put his part into it. That was a very pleasing change to experience and he has learned that change is a good thing, for without change one runs the risk of becoming stagnant. This in no way takes away from his prior work, he is rock solid proud of the accomplishments and directions taken in the past but the change has brought about new excitement and countless opportunities for him and his band mates. With him living in Nashville he is busy making contacts with the thriving musician community there, picking brains and striving to ‘refine’ his sound in a studio setting and, as always, working on his craft as a guitarist, always learning and practicing.

The Shawn Starski Band features essential parts of ‘New Blood‘ with Todd ‘Buck Weed’ Edmunds on bass, tuba, double bass and sousaphone, and Byron Cage on drums, who has deep roots in gospel and has expanded in the past few years into almost all reaches of music. A nice addition is Ms. Ellen Deible, from Nashville, who provides vocals and a pleasing stage presence to what he termed as ‘Blues Americana’. As a writer Shawn always tries to write music for the band – by this he means creating songs that plays to the strengths of the members, and allows them to create their own parts, all with the goal of creating a new sound for the band. When we spoke he had just finished a gig in Cincinnati at the Play by Play, thanks to Willie Grey and family who were very helpful in that regard. Coming off that success, he is set to hit sunny Florida with gigs through the end of December 2010,  to play their music and, as he laughingly put it , “see what kind of noise they can make”. Looking into next year, Shawn will continue doing some gigs with Kelley Hunt, and then continue to book clubs, festivals and more for his band into 2011.

Several bits of exciting bit of news surfaced from our little talk (not in any order);
1) Shawn has a new release, featuring original songs as well as reworked versions of familiar tunes, that he will be making available at his gigs. This release was produced by Phil Wolfe, who also produced ‘Done With The Devil’. 
2)  Shawn and Ellen just recently got engaged. Congrats. Let’s wish them all the love and happiness in the Blues world.
So it seems that life is good for Shawn and looks to be even better in the future.

You too can catch up with Shawn at his web site for details on his tour and other info by visiting his web site: http://www.shawnstarski.com/Site/Home.html

Until Next Time
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi

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6 Comments

  1. chefjimi November 20, 2010 11:16 am

    Quote from Kelley on Shawn:

    “Shawn’s name first came up in a conversation with another really terrific guitarist I work with, Josh Smith. From the first rehearsal we heard something special in Shawn’s approach. Of course he has great technical skills, but it was his ability to understand a whole arrangement and immediately reflect the core idea of each song in his playing that made the impression. We were so impressed we asked him to work on my new release “Gravity Loves You”. On those sessions we threw him some things that were a bit outside the box for him, but we just had that gut feeling he would be great on. And to his credit in a highly charged studio setting and in the presence of some really heavy players he nailed everything. Shawn is a soulful player, a talented musician and he shows up every night ready to play his ass off.”

  2. Imelda November 19, 2010 10:27 pm

    Thanks Jimi. It was a surprise to me to see Shawn on the boat. So happy that things are going great for him.

  3. Kathy Rankin November 19, 2010 7:18 pm

    Shawn Starski as his name would imply….is a Star….He shined brightly when I saw him at
    Mt. Baker blues festival a few years ago with Jason Ricci & New Blood. He is very polite,
    easy to talk to and very talented. I am very glad to see him on the cruise, too. It was a great
    opportunity to learn more about him and his music, and from this article I see he is joining
    forces to venture further into what he does best, play the blues!!!! It was a great opportunity
    for me to talk with him and take some photos of him playing live and enjoying Mexico! I
    will be posting photos soon! I look forward to seeing him with Kelley Hunt and she is also
    a very talented performer and very kind, gracious and made me feel very at home, comfortable
    to talk with.

    Kathy Rankin

  4. Nicole Hart November 19, 2010 6:59 pm

    I loved hearing this about Shawn. I have seen him perform twice with Jason and he is just phenomenal.

  5. GAIL BURLINGAME November 19, 2010 12:17 pm

    Sounds like he is growing in a possivle direction… will click on his site to hear his music. Thanks for the update Chefjimi~ Peace & Love

  6. ellen deible November 19, 2010 11:52 am

    What a great article…very well wriiten. Thank you.

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