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Photo submitted Musician and producer John Oates at work in collaboration with David Starr in Nashville on David's upcoming CD release "The Head and Heart."

According to music promoter Richlyn Marketing of Nashville, David Starr's latest EP (extended play) CD "The Head and Heart" is set for an official release date of April 28.

There are six songs on the EP which were arranged and produced by John Oates; a friend and musical collaborator of David's. He is known by Cedaredge music audiences from his appearances at the AppleShed, and from his former musical partnership with Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates).

"David Starr has a voice you will never forget," Oates says. "His music is authentic, his songs are honest, full of emotion and truth, His new EP "Head and Heart" is a showcase for his classic song-writing style and wonderful guitar playing."

David wrote or co-wrote five of the six songs on "The Head and Heart."

"I've always done my own producing and it was liberating to let someone else take the reins," David said. "I told John, 'I really want you to push me to sing better.' I have a tendency when I get in the studio to say, 'Yeah, that's in key and I got all the words right. Let's move on.' On a number of songs John said, 'That's great. Get back in there and do it one more time.' I can hear where he pushed me a little bit."

"The Head and Heart" begins elegantly with "Edge of the World," which began as a story about the complexity of women, but which also applies to the mysteries of music. The thoughtful title track conveys that dramatic distance between what you think and what you feel.

It was Oates' suggestion to include the Mamas & The Papas' classic "California Dreamin'." Without the familiar four-part harmonies of the original recording, Oates' production draws attention to David's soulful singing.

"I like John's energy and his work ethic," David said. "He's willing to take a song and re-imagine it in any number of ways. In other words, just because you're locked into hearing it a certain way doesn't mean that's the only way."

David's intriguing melodies elevate songs like "Waiting in the Dark," which alludes to the drug addictions that haunted a number of his friends in the 1980s. Meanwhile, "I've Come for You" hints at timeless late-night temptations. "Dancing with my Pride," co-written with his friend Bob Liepman at a song writing workshop in California, is inspired by a character in a book written by his grandfather, Fred Starr.

David Starr grew up in Northwest Arkansas and started playing drums at age 10. At age 13 he picked up the guitar. He has released eight albums including his upcoming EP.

David launched Starr's Guitars in Little Rock in 1998. He relocated to Cedaredge in 2001. As with previous albums, David is planning to divide his time between operating his store and touring internationally. He is touring southern California in April followed by an international tour in May.

"In a perfect world, I would be playing in a room where everybody's listening," David said, "That's why I like a situation like a house concert or listening room because I like to tell a story, I like to talk about the inspiration behind the song. I just like connection, and that what I hope to do with this new music."

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