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the album. So I asked, "Will you come do
it with us?"
Did he bring in some of his band?
No, it was just him. The backing vocals
are twin sisters from Atlanta who put a
beautiful gospel touch on it.
You also teamed with Amanda Shires
for "Let Me Down Easy." How did you
connect with her?
For that song, I thought it'd be really
cool to have a female harmony vocal for
a guy/girl duet - sort of a Gram Parsons/
Emmylou Harris kinda thing. I'd been
listening to Jason Isbell's newest record
and heard Amanda singing with him. Her
voice is great, with a very unique quality.
So I figured I'd ask. I've known Jason for a
while, so I reached out to them and she was
kind enough to lend her talent. BBS was on
the road when she went in and cut her part,
and she did a fantastic job.
She hangs with some heavy-hitter
guitar players - Jason, Jerry Douglas,
Yes, she does, and she's a fine fiddle player.
Starr tuned his Echopark
'55 Gold to Open F to record
"Flesh and Bone," the leadoff track on Find A Light.
blues that takes on a gospel feel midway through.
How did that come together?
Robert had recorded an instrumental version of
it, but I wrote lyrics for this version; we'd actually
performed it on "Skyville Live," a music show from
Nashville, and had such a
blast doing it. I thought
it just fit so well on
Not really. In fact, the album was a real
treat to make because everyone played so
well and it flowed so freely. There were no
teeth-gritting moments like when you're
ready to kick an amp over. A song like "I've
Got This Song" can be tough to record
because it's so understated. You're looking
for vibe with a song like that, so you play as
little as possible and leave as much open air
as possible. For a rock-and-roll band, that
can be kinda tough; it's like tying your hands
behind your back. But there's the beauty.
And I think the older we get, people ask,
"How do you think the music has changed
or grown?" And that's one of the elements in which I see
grow t h,
musically, is we learn
when not to play.
You appreciate letting it
Yeah, and I love
silence is golden.
Then on the
nex t song,
you can dime
it again and let
it all hang out.
Is there a track
Charlie Starr: Scott Willis.
Starr's '64 Firebird didn't
make it onto Find a Light,
and he's rightfully wary of
taking it on the road. "It has
zero issues - spotless!" he
said. "I always take it to the
studio, but it just didn't find
a home on a song this time."
Were there any particularly challenging moments on Find A Light, in terms
of writing, composition, or recording?