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June Star, formed in 1998 by Andrew Grimm, is an Americana, roots-rock band. Literate and accessible, Grimm’s songs meditate on subjects from falling in or out of love, being all right no matter what, to playing in the local music scene. These are stories that need to be told, need to be heard. The voice in these songs speaks loneliness and redemption, jumpstarts and slow fades, both separation and discovery. However, sonic epiphanies travel only as far as the music will allow. Singing electric guitars and slippery pedal steel frame the lyrics with vibrancy as Grimm’s distinctive nasal baritone allows the lyrics to unfold into a thinking man’s country music.
To date, June Star has six releases to its catalog. June Star (1998), Songs From and Engineer’s Daughter (2000), Telegraph (2001), Sugarbird (2004), Cora Belle (2008), and Shift, Engage, and Initiate (2009). With each release the band mines deeper sounds, combining old Appalachian melodies and electric energies bringing an updated rock and roll sound to the surface in each performance.
The personnel of the band seems to turn around to the extent that the audience is never sure who will show up to play, including the band. At any given moment, June Star could be: Andrew Grimm (songs, vocals, guitars), Timothy Bracken (bass, vocals), Mike Ward (keyboards), Burke Sampson (guitars), Mike Ross (drums), Dave Hadley (pedal steel), Ryan Finnerin (bass, vocals), and Jason Butcher (drums, vocals).
Currently, June Star is recording a new album at Seventh Wave studios with producer Jason Rubal. A fall release is expected.