David Starr makes use of all assets around him. The Colorado singer-songwriter's new album Beauty & Ruin was produced primarily by good pal John Oates. The 11-song set, due out Feb. 21, features writing contributions from Wild Ponies, Wood Newton, Dana Cooper and more. Additionally, Oates and Jim Lauderdale appear on the track "Road to Jubilee," whose video is premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Jan. 21).
"I didn't know Jim at the time," Starr tells Billboard, "but he and John had worked a lot together. John joked about how much fun they had writing together, late at night. John and I worked a little on the 'Jubilee' idea, long distance, and one day he called and said, 'Let's get Lauderdale over here and see what we can come up with.' I really saw that dynamic between those two. We had a lot of laughs and got a lot of ideas fleshed out and John pieced it together from the parts we all threw in the bucket.
"Since then, I've gotten to know Jim a little bit. It was great to have him there, and I was really lucky I was able to get them both in the room for a couple hours to get the video shot. That's no easy thing."