“Stardust Birthday Party” is about human evolution. Specifically, one humans evolution: mine, Ron Gallo. That’s the name my parents gave me. Hi.

At one point, I was a very lost mid-twenties person living in Philadelphia, in a relationship with someone struggling with mental health issues and crippling heroin addiction. I was asleep. I didn’t know how to handle my life. I was also writing songs for “HEAVY META” - my “frustrated with humanity” album. I laugh about it all now, but at the time it all felt like an absolute nightmare. It was the perfect doorway to look inside the place I’d been avoiding forever: myself.

“Stardust Birthday Party” is about what is happening underneath all of this life stuff. My path inward. The details of my path are pointless because everyones path is different. It is about me sitting with myself for the first time and confronting the big question “WHAT AM I, REALLY?” It’s about the love and compassion for all things that enters when you find out you are nothing and everything. I think at one point I wanted to change the world, but now I know I can only change myself, or rather just strip away everything that is not me to reveal the only thing that’s ever been there. And that’s what this album is about, it’s me dancing while destroying the person I thought I was, and hopefully forever.

In the liner notes of John Coltrane’s album “A Love Supreme” (which we pay tribute to on this album) he wrote: “During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music.”

That’s it. That is the pure essence of creativity. Someone embodying what they have realized about themselves and the world that surrounds them. That is why this album exists.

Thank you for letting me share this with you. Ron Gallo

Nashville-based indie rock artist, Ian Ferguson (formerly of The Kingston Springs), has built a solid buzz within the local underground scene sharing bills with the likes of Moon Taxi, Ron Gallo, The Whigs, The Features, The Weeks, and more. While fronting The Kingston Springs, Ian and his band toured with The Growlers, Alabama Shakes, Keane, Smith Westerns, and FIDLAR and played slots at Lollapalooza, Hangout, ACL, Life Is Beautiful, and (Cage The Elephant’s) Starry Nights.

Ian’s debut solo record, State Of Gold, is tentatively slated for an early 2018 release.

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