Dylan Starrs and The Grand Concourse

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Dylan was born and raised in Dallas, TX. He grew up learning, playing, and writing with late Dallas musician Carter Albrecht (Edie Brickell, Charlie Sexton, Salim Nourallah). Since leaving Dallas he became something of a migrant troubadour.   He has been crafting, honing, and living through his songs for the past eight years.

His songs and his voice reflect the ups, downs, lefts, rights, spoils, and toils of his travelling. The music is ingrained with a distinct and modern take on Folk/pop music heavily influenced by his namesake, Bob Dylan and other great Troubadours past and present (Tom Waits, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Richie Havens, Townes Van Zandt, Jeff Tweedy, Glen Hansard, Ray LaMontagne). His sound may be modern, but it harks the folk tradition in its lyrical poignancy. In 2011 he was recognized for his songwriting by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as a finalist for the Robert Allen Songwriting award. Dylan has been an active member of the LA songwriter and independent club scene since moving to LA in 2012. .

Trevor Smith is a multi-instrumentalist native Missourian (pronounced Mizz-er-en) and a “mighty fine fella and songwriter.” Dylan and Trevor met through their mutual friend, L.A.songwriter Edward Herda, and bonded immediately over their shared musical tastes and favorite songwriters (John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, The Band, Neil Young).  Over the last four years, Trevor has been performing with his band Flowerglass throughout southern California and the country to critical acclaim. Trevor was also lead guitarist and musical director for Dylan on the shows surrounding Dylan’s 2014’s release “The Swill to the Swell,” and organically the songs for “King or Ghost” came out of extended porch song trading sessions.  From there the songs were fleshed out with Curran McDowell (drums) and Aaron Stern (bass). Under the guidance of producer Max Allyn at his studio in Topanga (the Outpost), “King or a Ghost” came together over the course of several months. The band just finished mastering the record and plans on playing in support of it later this summer in Southern California, and already has another crop of songs in the works.

 

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