A Texan in London, Laura Stark owns a piece of the desert. These are torch songs for a twisted age. A twang seen through misty London days. "Lots of ghosts and horizons and sky". Bewitching. Magical. This stuff will linger in your head for a long, long time. You are warned. Soon after this singer/songwriter began to play her music in London's acoustic venues, she attracted the attention of some of the UK's best musicians, including drummer Neil Conti and pedal steel player BJ Cole, featured on these tracks. She was a "Women in Music" artist at Louis Jay Meyers’ LMNOP Conference in New Orleans, and her song, "Fly Away", was commissioned for a Swiss Air/Sabena ad campaign. Stark is a BMI member and has attended the MIDEM and SXSW music conferences. She has also played several gigs in LA, New York, opened for 16-Horsepower at Slim's San Francisco, played live on BBC Radio, along with gigging at London's famous Borderline, 12-Bar Club, The Colony Rooms, and The Kashmir Klub.

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"Sultry vocals and darkly beautiful lyrics combine to make Laura a new rising and shining star on the acoustic front." 12 Bar Club-London

"…. lush but simple, the style modern but timeless, rootsy but fresh, like a gourmet meal prepared from humble, earthy ingredients.."
Jon Sobel-Kozmic Blues.net.


Stark works with Sting/REM/Beck pedal steel player BJ Cole, whose haunting slide sound is featured on these tracks. She is also working with Prefab Sprout/Deep Forest drummer, Neil Conti, whose credits also include Annie Lennox and David Bowie. He has recently recorded and produced the tracks at his new venture, Magic Circle Studios, in the South of France.

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Influences

David Lynch films, Johnny Cash, Texas, London, deserts, darkness, and the open road, bluegrass, celtic, african, blues and jazz music, and everyone i once loved

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A Texan in London, Laura Stark owns a piece of the desert. These are torch songs for a twisted age. A twang seen through misty London days . "Lots of ghosts and horizons and sky" is how someone described her beguiling sound. Bewitching. Magical. This stuff will linger in your head for a long, long time. You are warned.

This Texas singer/songwriter began to play her music in London's acoustic venues, and soon attracted the attention of some of the UK's top musicians, including drummer Neil Conti and pedal steel player BJ Cole. She was a featured artist at the "Women in Music" showcase at Louis Jay Meyers’ LMNOP Music Conference in New Orleans where her gig was recorded for Danish radio P3, and her song, "Fly Away", was commissioned by airline Swiss Air/Sabena as its theme. Stark is a BMI member and has attended the MIDEM, LMNOP,TAXI and SXSW music conferences, along with playing regular gigs in such famous London venues as the Borderline, 12-Bar Club, The Colony Rooms, and The Kashmir Klub.

In 2001, she embarked on her first US tour, including opening for hardcore country twangsters, 16 Horsepower, at the famous Slim’s club in San Francisco, and several dates in Los Angeles and New York City. She also recently performed in Denmark, and has played live on both US and UK Internet Radio and BBC Radio.

The tracks featured here are the final product of those early collaborations with Sting/REM pedal steel player BJ Cole, whose haunting slide sound is a strong feature, and Prefab Sprout/Deep Forest drummer, Neil Conti, who has also recorded and produced the tracks at his new Magic Circle Studios in the South of France.

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