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Premiere: David Starr Covers John Hiatt with 'Feels Like Rain' - New Single & Video Out Now

Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano

NASHVILLE, TN...Americana artist David Starr closes in on his year-long Touchstones project with the 11th release, a cover of John Hiatt’s “Feels Like Rain.” The romantic laid-back tune takes on a different tone as its backdrop, the city of New Orleans, continues to deal with the effects of Hurricane Ida and the present Tropical Storm Nicholas. Inspiring songwriters for hundreds of years, rain has enamoured many and served as an idyllic picture, including Hiatt. A love song at its core, Starr’s soulful vocals come to life on “Feels Like Rain” emoting the passion and rawness of the lyric. Premiering on The Sound Cafe the video is directed by Jason Lee Denton and the single is available on all streaming platforms now.

“Although this release was scheduled before anyone knew of the oncoming storm it would be remiss not to bring some sensitivity to the folks going through the effects of these natural disasters. Rain is an element that mystifies and entrances many of us with its power and also its beauty,” Starr reflects. “I have always heard this song and thought of New Orleans and hope that others hear it and remember this great city we all love. The thing about rain is that it always clears, so here’s to some sunshine up ahead.”


With one more single to go in the Touchstones project, Starr has released a single a month starting in November of 2020. The robust release schedule has pushed Starr as an artist, embracing the new digital format, while also allowing him to share the fruits of his labour from quarantine.

“Feels Like Rain” was recorded at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, TN and features Starr on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Michelle Prentice on background vocals, Matt Bubel on drums, Mark Prentice on bass and keyboards, Dan Dugmore on pedal steel, John Prentice on electric guitar, and Erik Stucky on mandolin. All songs on Touchstones were produced by David Starr and Mark Prentice, with co-production by David Kalmusky.

Starr will release his final single from the Touchstones project in October, while he continues to tour with upcoming shows in Springfield, MO Sept. 17, Fayetteville, AR Sept. 19, the Mountain Harvest Festival in Peonia, CO Sept. 25 and his own Cedaredge Applefest Oct. 2.

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David Starr possesses “a compelling voice, something truly special, both accessible and passionate” (Elmore), that has been honed releasing ten albums, touring internationally, and opening shows for esteemed artists such as John Oates (Hall & Oates), Karla Bonoff, The Steel Wheels, Survivor, and more. Starr’s prestige extends beyond the stage as well, having launched Starr’s Guitars in Little Rock in 1998, then relocating to Cedaredge in 2001. Today, the store is such an institution that Cedaredge proclaimed the musician’s birthday as David Starr Day in 2016. Starr was also instrumental in the 2018 opening of the Grand Mesa Arts Center, an intimate event space brought to fruition through strong community support in Cedaredge, CO. He helped design the space in order to attract musicians and visual artists to Southwestern Colorado. For more information, please visit


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