Star Anna

w/guest Chris Marshall

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • 21 and over

About Star Anna


Star Anna is a singer-songwriter from a dusty old wind-swept rodeo town in the middle of Washington State called Ellensburg. It was there that Star first began playing music, first as a drummer in a punk rock band, and where she later found her true calling with her voice, words, and her acoustic guitar. Star writes music that comes from the heart, from hard and sometimes dark places, that grabs hold and burns like a snake bite. Once she established herself with her band, the group brought forward a truly unique brand of country-tinged lonesome rock and roll.

Star and her phenomenal band, The Laughing Dogs (Justin Davis, guitar; Frank Johnson, bass; Travis Yost, drums), have been traveling hard and spreading joy to crowds all over the western United States for a little over three years now. They are regularly referred to with some variation of The Next Big Thing (explicitly on the cover of the Jan 2009 issue of Seattle Sound Magazine) and are eager to let each new audience learn why. The shows are intense and powerful, the songs deep and true, the band is hot and Star?s voice will break your heart.

Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs released their most recent album ?The Only Thing That Matters? in April, 2009 and have since garnered international critical acclaim. As KEXP programming director Don Yeats writes: "Ellensburg?s Star Anna debuted last year with Crooked Path, a promising album of rootsy alt-country, and while the roots influence is still there on her 2nd album, Star and her band have cranked up the electricity, giving her emotionally scarred songs an additional rock ?n? roll punch. Her throaty, aching vocals sound better than ever, and the band earns their co-billing with tight, tough-sounding accompaniment. Crooked Path was a great beginning, but this one packs a mightier wallop."


About w/guest Chris Marshall

Content "...Chris Marshall brings an intelligent and warm approach to writing country music that is a hallmark of its history but too little emphasized today. Starting Out isn't his debut recording, but it's a coming out of sorts for an artist with the potential to not only be popular but also lasting and significant. The philosophical bent of his writing may escape some, but the principles on which his writing is based are universal. Love, hope, struggle and learning (including pain and sorrow) are the currency in which Marshall trades, all with the purpose of understanding the world around him. His questions are ones we all ask, and his songs are gentle comfort to those who continue to seek and struggle from day-to-day. Starting Out should be the beginning of big things." ~ Wildy's World Review
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