After the demise of the power-pop Heebie Jeebies in 1991 and following a brief stint in Seattle, I decided to finally indulge my not-so secret love of countrified folk-rock. The Stonecutters were formed in 1993 and featured future Bottle Rocket John Horton on lead guitar as well as Heebie Jeebies' bassist Dave Hilditch, newcomer Lynne Reif on vocals and drummer Spencer Marquart. The Stonecutters performed for a couple of years around town before signing with a start-up St Louis indie label, BJAM Records. A new bassist, Fred Teutenberg, was added shortly after. In order to avoid confusion with and/or possible litigation from another Stonecutters band on the west coast, we changed our name to Belle Starr and released our debut CD, Far As The Wind Blows, in 1996. A series of personnel changes took place in 1997 with Mike Schrand taking over lead guitar, Jerry Lada joining the group on bass, and Bill Yaeger filling the drum seat. In 2000, the band signed with Hayden's Ferry Records based out of Tempe, AZ and released its sophomore CD, Nobody You'd Know. In 2002, Belle Starr put out its third and final CD, Notes From The Broom Factory, which was also released on Haydens Ferry Records.
The songs on The Belle Starr Collection are taken from our three official CDs and were written by myself, Lynne Reif and Mike Schrand as noted. Following Belle Starr's amicable break-up in 2003, Lynne and Mike started their own band--the terrific acoustic Americana act Salt Of The Earth, which is still going strong in 2017 with five CDs of original tunes. Here, with material hand-picked by the songwriters, is what we consider to be the best of Belle Starr. --Kip Loui, Nov 2016
released November 17, 2016
Kip Loui: acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
Lynne Reif: acoustic guitar, vocals
John Horton: electric lead guitar (tracks 1, 5, 7, 14, 16), lap steel (track 7)
Mike Schrand: lead guitar & vocals (tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16)
Jerry Lada: bass (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16)
Fred Teutenberg: bass (tracks 1, 5, 7, 14, 16)
Bill Yaeger: drums (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16)
Spencer Marguart: drums (tracks 1, 5, 7, 14, 16)
Jon Rosen: organ (tracks 1, 14, 16), piano (track 7)
Dave Hilditch: bass (tracks 8, 10)
Gary Hunt: fiddle (track 4), dobro (tracks 4,13)
Buddy Woodward: banjo (tracks 4,13)
Michele Isam: saxophone (track 8)
Dennis Scoville: pedal steel guitar (track 2)
Mike Martin: organ ( track 3)
Brian Marek: organ (track 16)
Artwork for The Belle Starr Collection, 1996-2002: Gene Abbey
Songs from the CD Far As The Wind Blows recorded by David Toretta at Premier Studios in St Louis and mastered by Larry Nix at Ardent Studios in Memphis.
Songs from the CD Nobody You'd Know recorded by David Toretta at the Playroom in St. Louis and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering in Tempe, AZ.
Songs from Notes From The Broom Factory recorded by Mike Martin at the Broom Factory Recording Studio in St Louis and mastered by Jack Petrocek.
All songs written by Kip Loui, Lynne Reif and Mike Schrand as noted. All songs copyrighted 1996, 2000 and 2002.
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