Garrison Starr, P.J. Pacifico
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
Watch & Listen
To say that Garrison Starr knows her way around the industry would be an understatement. Hailing from Hernando, MS, she released her major label debut, 18 Over Me, in 1997 for Geffen and the rest is history. Her career has taken her from rooms of 12 people (at which she received a standing ovation) to touring with her idols in amphitheaters and back again. But she’s not just a road dog. Starr is a writer and performer with a knack for “marrying pop smarts and Americana grit with a voice of remarkable power and clarity”(gomemphis.com 2012).
For her seventh full length, Amateur, Garrison decided to do something different. She threw the idea of labels out the window and released this record on her own. Her follow up to 2010’s live effort ReLive was completely fan funded via PledgeMusic.com and contains some of Starr’s most intimate songs to date. Spanning 13 tracks and co-writers such as Kevin Devine and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garrison delves into her personal life to take the listener on a journey of heartbreak, self discovery, and her own vision of perseverance. While Starr is anything but an Amateur, her current effort puts everything in a new perspective for her, including getting her fans involved.
“I was really nervous doing this, putting my art directly in the hands of my fans. But they really came through and it was such an amazing experience. I’m so glad that I can share this experience with my fans and without anyone acting as a go-between. Its just me, and my fans. Connecting. The way music was intended. I’ve lost faith in the business, but not in the music. And not in my fans….. You know, there’s a line in “a beautiful mind” that I always remember… the wife is at the end of her rope with her husband’s disease, his disillusionment, and she says “I have to believe extraordinary things are possible”. That’s how I know I have to keep moving forward.”
On his acclaimed new Viper Records EP ‘Ready to Run’, singer P.J. Pacifico takes a leap of faith and leaves behind the acoustic guitar stylings that were his trademark sound for many years. Focusing instead on synthesizers as the backdrop to his intense, emotional lyrics, Pacifico has earned raves. Elmore Magazine, in an Exclusive Premiere, described the title track as “A synth driven power ballad, with a killer hook, eighties vibe, and deliciously raspy vocals that you very well might mistake for early Rod Stewart.” And AbsolutePunk, in an 8.8 (out of 10) review, raved, “Ready to Run dabbles in the realms of pop and the results are truly dynamic. The EP opens with “All For Something,” a piano-tinged triumph of enveloping, celestial synths and an environment that is both hypnotic and transfixing.” On the centerpiece track ‘Among the Living’, Pacifico tackles his survivor’s guilt in a cathartic song he’s struggled to write since his chemotherapy ended, twenty years ago.
P.J. has built a name for himself over the past few years, with a number of CD & EP releases via Viper and gaining credibility in indie singer-songwriter circles for his serene and thoughtful brand of introspective folk and pop music. He tours Europe at least once a year, with radio play in the Netherlands (Radio 1, 3FM) and the U.K. (BBC radio). Pacifico has evolved from a beloved, under-the-radar, Connecticut-based road warrior to an international-profile indie, and has been covered in national outlets ranging from M Music and Musicians Magazine to American Songwriter to iTunes Editorial and more. He recently signed a licensing deal with Razor & Tie Publishing and will be announcing new tour dates soon.