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Garrison Starr / Matt Creer- 30th July 2011

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Not so long ago, Garrison Starr hit the road supporting Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Melissa Etheridge. No surprise, then, that she's learned a thing or two about crafting a great story. Starr regularly pinches a sleight of hand or passing sound bite and turns it into a rich character assessment.

The Mississippi native struck a major chord on 2002's hallmark Songs From Take-Off to Landing. Breezy tunes like "Big Sky", "At the Heart of This Thing" and "Knucklehead" brought together the independent integrity of Triple-A radio and the polished smile typically aimed at mainstream play. Everything internal-head, heart and hope-worked on a universal scale. The liner notes photo accompanying her acknowledgments spoke volumes: Captured screaming jubilantly, Starr, both hands locked with heavy-metal horns, seems through the clouds. It was a profound high.

In the years since, Starr has made the road her home and garnered a passionate and loyal following. From her adopted home of Los Angeles to NYC, Nashville to Miami - Starr has crisscrossed the country and continued to entrench herself as a sure fire draw in the indie pop / rock space.

Ever the media darling, Starr's focus has never been on their fickle pen, but turned instead to a direct relationship with her fans. Many offer adoration specifically for her consistency, and Starr's genuine, earthy songwriting approach makes it easy to keep rooting-fists clenched and shaking for more artistic evolution. Her songs seem effortless, absolutely unselfconscious and suggest the next time out she might reach the sky again. "This is really how I feel," Starr sings through on "Spectacle" from her last release, The Girl That Killed September", and I'm gonna scream until it's real." Now, that's more like it.

Matt Creer: Former student of the Royal College of Music in London, Matt is a classically trained and highly accomplished musician and songwriter, with extensive performance and session recording experience in both classical and rock contexts. He has performed on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, and appeared on BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV and Channel 4 in a diverse range of ensembles from symphony orchestras to metal bands.

Matt has performed and recorded throughout the UK, including venues such as the Roundhouse and the Royal Albert Hall. He has toured extensively in Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and has performed with musicians including Sir George Solti, Sir Paul McCartney, The Sixteen, John Wilson, Don Lusher, Richard Walters and Katherine Crowe. Over the years he has worked on numerous collaborative songwriting projects, the most recent being an acoustic project with singer Katherine Crowe, which is due for release in 2011. Matt is also releasing a solo album in the new year.