Raised mostly in a holler on the border of West Virginia and Virginia. Formed this past summer while working on a cattle ranch in East Texas. This family band is a second generation alt-country four piece that brings garage-rock speed and power, southern rock harmonies and Modest Mousey punk pomp to their music.
After working, practicing and finding their sound, Western Star jumped headlong into playing as many shows as possible: Texas to Baltimore, Baltimore to Boston. Regularly gigging over the past two years, they’ve opened up for Old 97’s at a sold-out 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., are able to pack the Ottobar in Baltimore, and, hitting NYC’s Mercury Lounge early on as a headlining act, Western Star has been rocking nightclubs in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Asbury Park, Baltimore, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, Greensboro, Nashville, Mobile, New Orleans, Shreveport, Tyler, Dallas and Austin, getting around and doing two week legs and weekends as much as they can handle. Their new album, Fireball, is available via Saustex Records.
It was a wild session last summer. A week in the studio with these boys with Ken Bethea from The Old 97’s producing their debut full length album. Everything was recorded live – the way many people believe rock and roll should be captured. There were a few overdubs, be it a vocal or guitar lead here and there. The record was mixed in Dallas, Texas by Salim Nourallah. It’s raw. It’s rock. It’s dangerous. But think if Iggy Pop and The Stooges grew up in Texas the child would be Western Star. Take a listen. Get in the car, crank the volume and enjoy this record LOUD!
Produced by Ken Bethea
Engineered by Mat Leffler-Schulman and Paul Mercer
Mixed by Salim Nourallah