Columbia City Theater presents
Star Anna (7" record release)
with special guests Annabelle Lord-Patey and Matt Minigell
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 7pm
Tonight’s show is a 7” record release party for Star Anna’s new single on Hockey Talkter Records.
"Star Anna is an American original. She sings from a place of beauty that
takes me to a higher place," says Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.
Guns 'n' Roses/Velvet Revolver's Duff McKagan says, "She is the real deal.
She will be a talent that we can all say that we saw her when.
Prior to recording and releasing Go To Hell, Star Anna recorded The Sky Is
Falling, before putting it on the shelf and starting work on what would
become Go To Hell. Now, following the release of Go To Hell, and in
support of her upcoming West Coast tour with Heather Reid from The
Murmers, Star Anna released The Sky Is Falling as a digital-only
"The Sky Is Falling is an album about getting sober," comments Star Anna.
"It's about letting go and moving forward. It's not a Laughing Dogs record
and it's not quite a solo record either. Though the Laughing Dogs do
appear on a few songs, Justin Davis on all of the songs, the album also
includes some outside help from the likes of Will Moore, Ty Bailie, Mark
Pickerel, Barb Hunter, and Johnny Sangster (who also helped produce the
"Though these songs were recorded before Go To Hell, the album seemed too
tender and self-reflective to come out on the heels of my band breaking
up. It didn't feel like it would make the same heavy impact as a solo
album, as Go To Hell would. Now that the dust has settled from the road
bumps of the last few years, I feel ready to put The Sky Is Falling out
into the world."
She is also still touring in and supporting Go To Hell, which is available
digitally, on CD, and vinyl via Seattle, WA-based indie Spark & Shine
A dark, haunting collection of songs that capture the essence of betrayal,
regret, and hope, Go To Hell delivers melodic, soaring folk-rock with an
Americana heart, best described as Americana-soul, and it will penetrate
right to your core.
Seattle, Washington, by way of Ellensburg, Star Anna's Go To Hell,
comprised of ten tracks, was a hard record for her to make. Her personal
life was in upheaval as the record was being made; yet Star Anna
persevered and came out better for it.
"There were a lot of battles going on at the time this record was being
made and a lot of betrayals that I was dealing with that had been woven
into my personal life as well as the life of this record," recalls Star.
"We decided to keep moving forward and make this record. The title speaks
From the fiery opener, "For Anyone," a keyboard-drenched soulful number
that seeps melody, but also packs a punch with its deep, rich groove,
through the heartbreaking, folk-pop of "Mean Kind of Love," to album
closer, "Smoke Signals," a gritty punk rock number, Star Anna doesn't give
in, letting the emotions fly as she deals with everything life had thrown
Go To Hell is purely cathartic for Star Anna.
Along with cohorts - co-producer Ty Bailie (keyboards/organ/piano), Julian
McDonough (drums), Jacques Willis (vibraphones), Will Moore (bass), and
Jeff Fielder (guitars) - Star Anna went into the studio with only a few
completed songs, and the others just rough ideas, and made a record.
That freedom helped Star stretch herself as a songwriter and vocalist. She
didn't play guitar on the record, she just sang, giving her a chance to
focus on her voice.
"I was surprised by how I was able to push myself vocally," she says
proudly. "When the guys would say, 'Ok, that was good, but go do it again
and just let loose,' I'd think, 'well, fine, fuck you. I thought that was
great. You'll see. I just can't do better.' But, somehow I was always able
to pull it out."
She continues, "It was nice to be able to focus on just the vocals and let
the rest of the guys worry about the music."
Two big firsts for Star on Go To Hell is the inclusion of covers,
including Tom Waits' "Come On Up to The House," and co-writing with
someone that wasn't in the band, her friend Shane Tutmarc, a
The song "Let Me Be," which was co-written with Tutmarc, has some of the
album's most significant lyrics for Star.
"It was written after the first recording session in Portland, where we
recorded three songs that were meant to be demos. They were the
inspiration for the rest of the album," she recalls. "It was co-written by
a friend in Nashville who did not know the back story of the song and was
just going off the first verse and chorus. He managed to capture the idea
perfectly. The line, 'I'm a new man looking sideways in the dark' feels
most significant to me, as it describes being stripped down to nothing.
You have the freedom to become whatever you want because there is nothing
left. It's a heartbreaking place to be, but it opens up your world to
For all she went through to make this record, Star came out stronger, with
a better direction of where not only she wanted her music to be, but also
where she needed to be.
"[The album is about] balance. There is a lot of anger and loss, but there
is also the other side of that. When something happens that strips you
down to the bone, you can choose to only focus on the anger or you can
also look around at the people who are still there, who are still
trustworthy, loving and truly kind."
That is what Go To Hell is all about. Telling off your past demons and
poisoned relationships and forging ahead, picking yourself up and showing
the world you're stronger than that. Now, with a handful of songs, and a
new record, Star will hit stages across the country and offer up some
cathartic tunes that will help, revitalize, and inspire others, just as
they did for her.
Annabelle Lord-Patey is the teenage offspring of 90's indie/folk/busker Mary Lou Lord, and Roots/Rockabilly artist Kevin Patey (Jittery Jack/Raging Teens). Her much anticipated debut album "Polaris" drops Summer 2016. Blending 60's folk sensibilities with an aching amount of Elliott Smith for measure, Annabelle has created her own haunting form of indie folk. An accomplished guitar player and burgeoning songwriter, her music has been described by The New Yorker as "Striking", Rolling Stone Magazine referred to her as, "The show's standout" and Billy Bragg says her music "has a lovely, knowing quality".
Matt Minigell is a Boston, Massachusetts-based songwriter, musician, and busker. Matt got his start in music in Boston playing on the punk circuit, writing, touring, and releasing several records with area band Left Hand Blue while attending high school. After hearing the music of Elliott Smith, Matt fell in love with the spooky, less-explored side of pop music and, cobbled together a home recording setup, and began making records on his own as an independent artist.
August 4, 2016
7pm doors / 8pm show
$12 adv - $14 door