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Ken Gaines w Wayne Wilkerson - Susan Elliott - David Starr

Tue - Feb 18, 2020

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Americana artist David Starr is embarking on a new musical and literary adventure with a collection of songs inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by his grandfather in 1972. Beauty And Ruin, recorded in Nashville, is produced and arranged by John Oates, and coproduced by David Starr and David Kalmusky.

After working with Oates on his 2017 The Head And Heart EP, David approached him with the idea: what if we gave several of our favorite songwriters a copy of the book and asked them to write for an album based on the story? The concept was not so much for them to re-tell the story, but to write songs inspired by the places, characters and situations found in the book. Contributors to Beauty And Ruin include John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, Wood Newton, Dana Cooper, Doug and Telisha Williams (Wild Ponies), Irene Kelley, and Shelley Rae Korntved. “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."

Singer/songwriter, Producer, Teacher, and MC Ken Gaines is a staple in the music scene, not only in his hometown of Houston, but also throughout Texas. He is the 2005 TMA Singer Songwriter of the Year and, for the past 21 years has produced the Thursday night, in the round series at Houston's legendary Anderson Fair. He's been featured numerous times at the Kerrville Festival and festivals and concert series across the country.

As an MC Ken is known as the "voice" of both the Texas Music Awards and the Songwriter Serenade. 

He's been active with FAI and SWRFA for 14 years, booking and hosting sponsored showcase rooms first for the Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians and then for Anderson Fair. He's also a past member of the "health team" for both FAI and SWRFA mentoring traveling musicians on eating healthily while touring.

Susan Elliott is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, and voice teacher based in Houston, Texas. She made her debut as a solo artist at the historic Anderson Fair in the spring of 2017, but is hardly a newcomer to the Texas music scene. For more than three decades, she and her late husband and creative partner, Joe Romano, were a fixture in the Houston jazz community as the duo Mood Indigo, and delighted audiences across the region, performing their original songs for children as The Non-Toxic Band. When Joe was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, Susan found an emotional and creative outlet in songwriting. 

She describes her music as genreless, but a background in theater and jazz are evident in both her singing and writing. Harmonically complex, intimate and lyrical, her songs paint a portrait of the human condition, weaving narratives that are both deeply personal and universally resonant. Her first solo recording project, This Strange Season, will be released in October, 2019. 


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