June Star

June Star

 Westminster, Maryland, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

tangible lyrics with music rooted in american dirt... the poetic mixes with clear snapshots of everyman in an everyday... live performances are affecting and thought provoking...

Biography

June Star (formed 1998) plays music. No kidding.  The Baltimore based Americana type band has been playing in the Mid-Atlantic region for over 15 years and 9 studio recordings.  They have toured as far as San Francisco, and they have played as locally as their own kitchens.

The core of June Star is singer/songwriter Andrew Grimm and pedal steel/alchemist David Hadley.  Their shows are intimate, intense, and worthwhile.  Grimm's rough edge baritone clearly delivers the message while Hadley's slippery steel hugs curves and navigates the melodies.

There have been many other members of the band and every once and while you can catch Kurt Celtnieks on drums and Mark Tuminello on bass.

 

Albums released:

June Star 1999

Songs from and Engineer's Daughter 2000

Telegraph 2002

Sugarbird 2004

Cora Belle 2008

Shift Engage Initiate 2009

Lower Your Arms 2010

Slow Dance 2012

Kill the Lights 2013

Lyrics

Valentine

Written By: Andrew Grimm

my burned out summer
down by the river
I was taking small sips
of lemon and bitters

wake up heart
you don't want to miss this
you ain't no good
yeah you hardly worked since

baby peeled out
looking over her shoulder
you sat still
pumping blood gettin' older

no one's stopping me
not this time
I'm heading for the bottom
of the valentine

they'll drag the river
looking for my body
they'll ask in town
if anybody saw me

ain't much left but
current and water
my mom's at home
she couldn't be bothered

reaching out for jesus
to save me I guess
it's dark down here
and it don't hurt less

no one's stopping me
not this time
I'm heading for the bottom
of the valentine

just right now
it came to me
I'm just lost
I ain't ever been free

you can claw at the
water and never make a wave
it slips through your fingers
and carries you away
slips through your fingers
and carries you away

no one's stopping me
not this time
I'm heading for the bottom
of the valentine

Gone

Written By: Andrew Grimm

surprise surprise surprise
you danced your turn
you did your time
what am I to do
with you cut loose
and burned straight through

baby I know
you gotta go
you gotta go
and get gone

who's gonna rock me
back home
who's gonna rock me
back home
who's gonna shake me
blood and bone
who's gonna rock me
back home

Released

Written By: Andrew Grimm

you won't keep me up
all night
not on purpose
now you're gone, now you're gone

I don't suppose
in thirty years
I'll get used to it
now you're gone, now you're gone

and I can't find you
anywhere on the earth, girl
just some ashes
and a pile of dirt
and your voice has
been released
and your breath has
become a breeze

and midnight
comes around
a whole lot slower
now you're gone, now you're gone

I don't sleep
not any way
like I used to
now you're gone, now you're gone

and I can't find you
anywhere on the earth, girl
just some ashes
and a pile of dirt
and your voice has
been released
and your breath has
become a breeze

and baby,
I keep coming back
down here
just to sit
and to close my eyes
even though I know
you ain't comin' home
with me tonight
I can still feel you
on the riverside

and I can't find you
anywhere on the earth, girl
just your ashes
and a pile of dirt
and your voice has
been released
and your breath has
become a breeze

Sweet Division

Written By: Andrew Grimm

you're plain crazy
hurting yourself
how you ever made it
no one can tell

sweet division
save us now
you're just swayin'
a hammer in a bell

you'll keep movin'
changin' your name
you're just painting
the same old cage

sweet division
save us now
you're just swayin'
a hammer in bell

Discography

1999 June Star
2000 Songs from an Engineer's Daughter
2001 Telegraph
2004 Sugarbird
2008 Cora Belle
2009 Shift, Engage, and Initiate
2010 Lower Your Arms
2012 Slow Dance

Set List

Sets are normally comprised of originals...
Covers:
Velvet Underground
Neil Young
Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen