Starlings, TN / Press

“SXSW. Or, how to pack three months’ worth of incredible experiences into 10 days. The task of whittling down your “must-see-acts” is both exhilarating and exhausting. Take, for example, my local band recommendations. I started alphabetically but soon found no end to the amazing list of Austin acts playing the festival “officially” this year: Amplified Heat, Amy Cook, Dana Falconberry, East Cameron Folkcore, The Eastern Sea, Foot Patrol, Graham Reynolds / Golden Arm Trio, Li’l Cap’n Travis, Little Wesley, Love Inks, Mother Falcon and Mr. Lewis & The Funeral Five. The local ABC’s continue with My Education, Nakia, Not in the Face, OBN III’s, The Octopus Project, Orthy, Otis the Destroyer, Pompeii, Ramesh, Residual Kid, She Sir, Sons of Fathers, Starlings, TN, The Ugly Beats, Ume, Wild Child, Wiretree, Yuppie Pricks, ZEALE, The Zoltars and Zorch, to name a few.”

“After nearly 15 years in varying degrees of bandom, Starlings, TN finally made a true band album with last fall's All the Good Times. While bandleader/songwriter Steven Stubblefield's metaphysical Southern folk-bluegrass atmospherics remain intact, crackling jolts of rockabilly, punk, and blues bear the tell-tale imprimatur of group work.”

“Should change their name to “Starlings, TEN” because this country gravy-slathered serving of barn rockin’ rural Americana (with tight originals that stand up to the Bill Monroe and Big Joe Turner covers) is a perfect 9.9 plus .1!”

“Band leader Steve Stubblefield explained that the song is a love song, "my gal coyly suggested that I write [a song] about her, but, I told her, ‘Babe, you don’t want me to write a song about you because that will mean that our relationship has ended. I can’t write a happy love song.’ From beginning to end, ‘Hey Pretty Mamma’ is exactly how we are on any given night. We make drinks, we dance, and we sometimes stay up all night."”

“10 Vinyl Vitals: #6 Starlings, TN, All the Good Times (Chicken Ranch Records)”

“Last month Austin, TX-based Starlings, TN released their latest studio album. All The Good Times presents 11 songs showcasing the group's psychedelic bluegrass. The first single from the record, "Burnt Ends," is written about Texas barbeque. Today we premiere the video for this song, which was directed by Michael Dickinson and Marty Robbins.”

“By adding the meticulous and spacey production techniques usually found on post-rock records, Starlings, TN has branched out beyond its folk/rock and bluegrass roots with seventh studio album All The Good Times.”

“If it carries the right amount of believability, a ragged and weary voice is a valuable weapon in the world of Americana. And, on Starlings, TN’s seventh full-length, All the Good Times — an adventurous, ambitious and genre-jumping ride down the dirty highway — frontman Steven Stubblefield has never sounded so gritty and worn. He’s also never sounded better. Like Johnny Cash and Steve Earle before him, Stubblefield’s brand of gritty introspection reveals scars, but leaves space for the sort of hard-living mysteries that makes the singer every bit as important as the song.”

“The band gets sweet on “Hey Pretty Mamma.” There’s a lullaby quality to the gently lilting song. Stubblefield almost whispers his vocals, as sprightly banjo and piano lines dance around his words. It’s a tender tune, and it comes right from the heart.”

“Starlings, TN's double-dulcimer finger dance becomes a big sound on the alt string band's seventh LP.”

“T for Texas, T for Starlings, TN”

“All the Good Times is the seventh album from Starlings,TN, and it represents an evolution in their sound...and that sound veers from the very traditional through country stylings to outright rock and roll.”

"…Starlings, TN deftly balances traditional Americana with an old time rock and roll feel. It’s also honest. This band is the real deal." (4 Stars)

Austin Monthly

“Imagine Skip Spence and the Soggy Bottom Boys hitting a bong the size of a Hoover vacuum cleaner and then wrapping their impaired senses around the weirdest, saddest songs Paul Westerberg never showed anyone...”

Jim Ridley - Nashville Scene

“Where the mountain meets space.”

Jim Beal - San Antonio Express

“...as adept at songcraft as they are at chilling atmospherics. Stubblefield’s originals prove as varied as they are addictive...”

Jerry Withrow - No Depression

“I was late to the party when it comes to Steven Stubblefield-fronted alt-country outfit Starlings, TN. My first exposure to the band was last year's remarkable “Heartache in 4/4 Time,” and I eagerly sought out their earlier records. With seventh full-length “All the Good Times,” Starlings, TN have cemented their place on my list of favorites. Utilizing a collaborative songwriting approach works wonders on this 11-track gem, with Stubblefield and his mates soaring high on “Goodtime Gal,” “Back to Magnolia,” “Hey Pretty Mama,” “All the Good Times Are Now” and “The Other Guy.” Enjoy, y'all. Read more: http://triblive.com/aande/music/4894931-74/track-collection-album#ixzz2l4FQt0kB Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook (4 Stars)”

“Surely Starlings, TN has been told this numerous times, in one variation or another: The music is bluegrass…but it really isn’t. The Austin-based quartet happily relishes the fact that it’s not traditional bluegrass that they create. They proudly proclaim themselves as renegades belting out “psychedelic bluegrass,” nowhere near anything your grandparents might’ve known back in the day. Instead, it’s a bizarre and beautiful meeting between basic roots elements and a collaboration of a number of styles that these gents probably grew up listening to, everything from pop to punk. The straight and narrow is not for these forward folksters. They push bluegrass outside any boundaries and set the damn thing on fire.”

“Country band Starlings, TN are back with new record All The Good Times, which focuses on fusing an old-timey bluegrass style with contemporary rock and roll. “Goodtime Gal” and “Shake Rattle and Roll” are high-energy honky tonk dance floor numbers. True bluegrass tune “Blue Moon of Kentucky” sets the mood with pretty vocals, and “Burnt Ends” is a cute and silly song that celebrates the special world of Texas barbecue. “The Other Guy” takes a noir, Western turn, as does smoky track “The Thompson Boys,” on which the banjo and soulful harmonica take center stage. These guys know what works for them, and Good Times is a great release that's full of the perfect mix of their punk rock-country fusion sound.”

“Why you should listen: Hipster hayseed quartet Starlings, TN are unmistakably sons of the South. Based in Austin, their band’s name is pronounced Starlings, Tennessee. Google Maps finds no place by that name in the Volunteer State but their new album “All the Good Times” sounds as if it’s more a state of mind.”