Howdy – Jim Starr here, and a big Texas welcome from me personally. And as a native Texan born in Houston, I can honestly say that it don’t get much better than this. I’ve been playing music, most notably Texas music, since 1970. That’s a lonnnnng time in dog years. My first introduction to playing in front of people was at Little West Fork Baptist Church, in Clarksville, Tennessee. I played bass guitar in a gospel group, and we traveled across the south in a rickety ole’ bus with no a/c, playing in churches that didn’t mind a bunch of snot-nosed young-‘uns beggin’ for money. We met a lot of nice folks out there, and I realized that I really like that sort of thing. Various rock and country bands along the way taught me a lot about the business, plus some studio work on Music Row in Nashville helped hone my (limited) skills. After I moved back to Houston in ’75, reality set in. A wife, four kids, and a regular job can teach a man humility real quick. But I kept writing music, poetry, and playing my old guitar, and it’s helped me through some hard times. In ’88 I took a short sabbatical from work and went on the road for a bit. I traveled around Texas playing music wherever they’d let me, most times just sittin’ in a corner with a tip jar playin’ for beer. I sold a couple of songs along the way, just to get me a little farther down the road. As BB King used to say, “A guitar cain’t plays de’ blues less’n it’s been in a hock shop a couple of times.” In 1995, me and my good friend Charlie Fenn began recording a collection of some of my originals on an old 4 track recorder. It took 11 more years, and a lot of beers and tears, but we finally finished in 2006. “Sunrise Over Texas” is the culmination of many years of heartbreak, lessons in life, laughter, and good old-fashioned cryin’-in-your-beer music that most folks can relate to in some way or another. And to all you aspiring songwriters out there, never quit. Some of your best writing comes when you’re the most down-in-the-dirt, sad in the heart, broke down and down-right broke. Well, go ahead and listen to a few clips, see how ya’ feel. If you like ‘em, drop me a line, or just buy it. If you don’t, call Charlie. His number is 1-800-OHH-WELL. He’ll appreciate your comments, and is always happy to offer a suggestion as to the incorrect position of your head on your body. If you’re ever in Wharton, Texas, come on by the house for a spell. The coyotes will sing a pretty little song for you, and you might just realize that life ain’t that hard after all. Don’t forget to bring more beer.
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