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B. Sterling

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
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"B. Sterling is My New Favorite..."


“B. Sterling is my new favorite…his music has made its way into my heart-it’s that simple.”
-Eliza Gilkyson, Singer/Songwriter - Eliza Gilkyson


"B. Sterling"

The Dallas Morning News
“B. Sterling cranks out a batch of thoughtfully crafted original songs on Time Has Come…B. Sterling doesn’t pen saccharine lyrics. Instead he encapsulates the power of real emotions with a bit of poetry and plenty of heart.”
-Mario Tarradell - The Dallas Morning News


"South Austin Idle"

“Being voted by your peers as the best, even when they are competing against you, pretty much says it all about the winner of the first Grand Playoff of the South Austin Idle Performing Songwriter Contest, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter B. Sterling.”

- Steve Power, creator and host of South Austin Idle
- Steve Power


"Album review (Time Has Come)"

Flanfire Review

I really like this record –B’s vocals are upfront and passionate, whether singing about his wife and his life “Not Going Back”, “Let it Out”, and more broader themes “When the Body Fails”…
B. says he writes for the song, not the genre, and indeed the music here is varied—from soft rock to harder stuff to that country feel-“Why We Stay” is one of the most significant songs I have heard in YEARS…listen to this song late at night over a glass of wine with your sweetheart-and then spend an hour or two (or three or four) keeping the song alive in your own hearts…

The title track is cut from another cloth-and here we find that selflessness of which freedom is made, “Smooth out the line in the sand, kiss all the wounds that you can, join with the lonely ‘cause you’re not the only one…time has come…so go out tonight and dance with a stranger…mend what you can…and give what you got till it’s gone.” Just poor yourselves out and listen to B’s trumpet solo. “Cash in your plans and go bold, live out the story of old…” B. urges us-and then we get the piano, followed by a piercing guitar solo over Frazier’s harmonica.

I especially like the opening music to “Strike a Nerve,” the quiet organ sound … and B let’s us know that “the wrong hand on your heart can’t ruin what’s inside.” “Let It Out” has this staccato energy that splays into a crescendo and a shout and then a very New Order kind of chorus. In fact if I hear any precursors to this joyfully diverse set of songs, it would be the music of the 80’s .. lots of color, pyrodynamics too — but layered and rich and full. “Let It Out” just keeps on coming — I just gotta see this one done live. Total contrast — “Here’s to You,” a tender love song, a ballad, a lullabye almost … “I’m not here to win my side” — a marriage lesson in a song, with B. on cello and Alexis Ebbets on violin. “So Far Down” opens with a classic guitar riff — and the organ tells you it is time to dance … but this song, too, is about coming to the end of ourselves and then what? The album closes as it opens — with one of my favorites, the bouncy ”Not Going Back,” this time with Micah Miller on mandolin…

-Duggan Flanakin - Flanfire Review


"B. Sterling"

El Paso Times

“Austin-based B. Sterling Band is the guitar, bass, keyboard and horn conglomeration brought to you by B. Sterling…his scratchy vocals are poignant, sweet and grainy like the first bites of a Bosc pear. B. Sterling is a little bit indie, a little bit singer-songwriter and whole lot of soul.”
-Crystal Roberts - El Paso Times


"A.V. Club Austin"

"His pluck is echoed in...the assured pop hooks of the B. Sterling Band." - austinpromo@theonion.com


Discography

debut album:
Time Has Come (available at Itunes and CDbaby) 2009

Searching Through The Changes (Itunes and CDbaby) 2013

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“I’m a song junkie, and I feel driven to try to write great songs that speak to people,” says B. Sterling Archer. “I’m not really into irony, and tongue-in-cheek doesn’t really appeal to me. I just like to hear people singing heartfelt, well-crafted songs that come from a real, personal place, and that’s what I strive to do myself.”

The above-named qualities are prominent on the Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist’s first solo release Searching Through the Changes. The 11-song collection introduces a dynamic, distinctive tunesmith with an uncanny knack for combining his vivid, emotionally precise lyrics with effortless melodies, artfully understated arrangements and compellingly intimate performances.

Or, as the Dallas Morning News put it, “B. Sterling cranks out thoughtfully crafted original songs… He encapsulates the power of real emotions with a bit of poetry and plenty of heart.”

Searching Through the Changes maintains an impressive level of quiet intensity throughout, with such resonant compositions as “Hang On,” “Follow Suit,” “Guide Me Calm” and “What We’ve Started Here” showcasing the artist’s songwriting talents as well as his skills on acoustic and electric guitars, electric and upright bass, cello, trumpet and flugelhorn. The supporting cast includes renowned producer/musician Mark Hallman and beloved singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, who memorably adds her voice to the haunting album-closer “Brave New World.”

The El Paso native’s songs reflect the lessons learned in a personal and musical journey that spans multiple continents and musical genres. Growing up in a musical family, he learned to play guitar and gained early exposure to the old-school country music that would become a crucial source of inspiration in his subsequent ventures. As a teenager, he played in local hard-rock and indie-punk combos, while studying classical and orchestral music and playing in his high-school orchestra.

It was while studying for his degree in music at Chicago’s Weaton Conservatory that he began to seriously embrace his home state’s musical roots, and to take his first tentative steps towards becoming a solo performer. After spending some time teaching music in Budapest, Hungary, he returned to the U.S. and became the bassist in a popular Indianapolis-based touring band. But the drive to write and perform his own songs led him to the songwriting mecca of Austin. There, he formed the B. Sterling Band, which released the locally acclaimed CD Time Has Come in 2009.

Despite his group’s early successes, B. Sterling gravitated towards the more direct connection of solo performing after a pair of rapturously received acoustic appearances at the prestigious Folk Alliance and Kerrville Folk Festival. At the latter event, he was chosen as a finalist in a field that included several singer-songwriter legends and major-label artists. Those experiences gave him new focus and motivation, and the results of that direction are on display on the forthright, soul-searching songs that comprise Searching Through the Changes.

“A lot of these songs were written while my wife was pregnant with our first child, which was the scariest time in my life,” notes the artist, who balances his own music with a parallel career playing freelance orchestra gigs on double bass and cello, and his work teaching classical music in a private school.

“The phrase Searching Through the Changes originally referred to guitar chords. But it’s also how I was feeling about life at the time, going through all these changes and trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. OK, I’m not a kid anymore and I have a baby now, but I still love writing songs and I feel more driven than ever to communicate with people. So I just stayed in for six months and worked on my songwriting, and that kind of became this album.

“I love the craft of songwriting, and I love the idea of creating music that can reach people,” he concludes. “I just want to keep striving to keep getting better at this and continue to do good work, and not worry so much about the rest of it.”

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