Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:30pm
Crosstown Arts presents Garrison Starr at Crosstown Theater, celebrating the 25th anniversary of her major label debut LP Eighteen Over Me.
“One of the strongest voices in town… the author of affecting, emotion-bearing songs that are clothed in attractive, melodic garb” — Billboard
“An unmistakable songwriting talent” — PopMatters
“Incredible singer and songwriter and one of the brightest talents that music has ever seen” — Margaret Cho
“Writes and sings her heart out. In the ‘American Idol’-ized landscape that constitutes today’s music business, she is someone to be thankful for” — Mary Chapin Carpenter
After two milestone-laden decades in music, Garrison Starr is going back to where it all began to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her major label debut LP Eighteen Over Me with a tour and a highlighted show in Memphis, TN at the legendary Crosstown Theater, where she will be performing the record in it’s entirety and recording that performance to release as a live LP later this year.
Originally hailing from Hernando, MS, Garrison released her major label debut, Eighteen Over Me, in 1997 for Geffen Records. The album was critically acclaimed and is still loved by its fans. Starr made her home in the Memphis music scene in the mid-90s, working at famed Ardent Studios and playing shows every chance she got. Her triumphant song “Superhero” caught the attention of A&R rep Ray Farrell, and she signed a deal in 1996. The majority of the record was written within the year, and was released in Sept. of 97’. Starr notes her favorite touring experiences from back in those days were with The Sundays soon after the record’s release and playing Lilith Fair, where she met some of her heroes and future collaborators: Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt and Sara Maclachlan.
Since then, she’s toured the world and back, she’s received a GRAMMY nomination, has had her songs placed in hundreds of movies, TV shows and commercials, was featured in a 2022 Super Bowl commercial for T-Mobile staring Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus and has released a dozen albums while also writing songs for others such as Back Street Boys and Kris Allen.
But there’s nothing quite like your first LP. No matter what else you accomplish, there’s always something special about the first thing you present to the world. And that’s something to celebrate.
About Garrison Starr:
Garrison Starr is the quintessential musical triple-threat – singer, songwriter, record producer – and her latest album, Girl I Used To Be, reveals her at the height of all her powers.
Starr is a celebrated singer of such remarkable reputation that music icons go out of their way to praise her. Glen Phillips declares, “Garrison’s voice goes straight to the gut. She reminds you of what it means to be human.” Mary Chapin Carpenter adds, “She just writes and sings her heart out. In the ‘American Idol’-ized landscape that constitutes today’s music business, she is someone to be thankful for.”
Of her songwriting, Billboard Magazine describes Starr as “the author of affecting, emotion-bearing songs that are clothed in attractive, melodic garb.” That unique melodic sense is the foundation for Starr’s songwriting acclaim and why she’s found such success writing for TV, commercials, and film – where her songs have been featured numerous times.
Her frequent collaborations with other artists have been both in the studio and on stage – Starr has toured with the likes of Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Patty Griffin, Mindy Smith, and Melissa Etheridge (to name a few), logging hundreds of thousands of touring miles across the country and around the world.
In 2016, Starr collaborated with Margaret Cho, producing and performing on her Grammy-nominated album, American Myth. Pulling no punches, Cho paints Starr as “an incredible singer and songwriter and one of the brightest talents that music has ever seen. Artists like her come along once in a millennia, and we are lucky to have her now.”
Most recently, Starr started a “supergroup” with Nashville songwriters Sean McConnell and Peter Groenwald to form My Sister My Brother, who released their debut self-titled EP on March 6, 2020. Rolling Stone called it “a gorgeous, harmony-drenched [record] about partnership and purpose”.