Song Premiere: David Starr with Dana Cooper “Beauty and Ruin” prod. John Oates

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Americana Highways brings you this song premiere of “Beauty and Ruin,” the title track of the forthcoming album by David Starr, which was produced and arranged by John Oates, co-produced by David Starr and David Kalmusky, and recorded at Addiction Sound Studios. “Beauty and Ruin” is David Starr and Dana Cooper.  David Starr’s grandfather, Fred Starr, wrote a book, Of What Was, Nothing is Left, in 1972. This album is David’s visioning of that book, and when the album is released, the book will be republished and simultaneously available. The song is further below, and can be ordered here: , and in addition to the song premiere, we also have a video of David Starr discussing the project with John Oates, here:


“Beauty and Ruin” is an intriguing project, with songs the mirror the tragedy of the book. The entire project is an “aha!” moment: the concept of writing songs to tell the tales of a haunting book’s characters.  And more than that, “Beauty and Ruin” pinpoints the essence of the human experience.

When Dana Cooper is out on tour, he takes time to explore each town. From small-town squares to local cemeteries, Dana photographs what intrigues him,” says Starr. “One his captions read ‘So much beauty in ruin out here’ and the song was born. Finding beauty in ruin is an overarching theme in my grandfather’s novel—reveling between devastation and light. — David Starr

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