Garrison Starr Brings an Honest, Pure Escape

April Rumore
Culture Writer
The Arbiter Online
Boise State University

Garrison Starr’s new CD, “The Sound of You and Me,” is a great purchase for the college soul searcher. It is a fresh combination of Jewel’s rhythmic vibes and Dashboard Confessional’s sentimentality.

All of Starr’s songs sounds like sneak peaks into her personal journal entries written in the wee hours of the evening. Honest, deep and pure feelings and thoughts that have danced around in her head for quite some time have become concretely expressed in her heartfelt, soothing songs.

Starr’s musical career started in Memphis where she built a following playing the clubs and coffeehouses. But Los Angeles was calling. In her early 20s, Starr was signed to Geffen, which released 1997’s “Eighteen Over Me” including the radio-friendly hit “Superhero,” a song her fans still want to hear today. After seven years and countless cross-country tours, her music has taken her to Nashville, where she made “The Sound of You & Me” and it has been considered her deepest, most emotional work yet.

Some tracks, such as “Beautiful in Los Angeles,” are based in her well-established rock sound of the past. Others are more roots-based such as “Sing it Like a Victim,” which includes piano accompaniment for the first time.

Here is a sample of the lyrics and the style that Starr writes. “I don’t wanna go down with you, you got shoes nobody can fill, but the bigger part of me loves you still.” “Beautiful, kiss me again, kiss me again.” “In the shadows, I am born again.” “I want somebody to hold my hand.” “From birthmark to bruises, how come everybody loses?”

Dandelions are on the cover of the CD case and symbolize her blown secret wishes in the wind. As a writer, singer, guitarist, and also co-producer of the entire CD, Starr has many talents and used all of them to guide her musical passions.

If you want to personally experience Starr’s musical escapism, you won’t have to wait long. Starr will be performing in Boise at the Big Easy on April 27 with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.