For 30 years, Bill Starks has been primarily playing sideman to Washington, D.C. area luminaries while balancing his passion for music with raising a family and the demands of a busy TV news career. Bill has shared his piano chops and vocals with rock and roll band SmallTalk, played and sung sweet soul music with Junior Cline & The Recliners, played the Blues and Boogie-woogie with the Cathy Ponton King Band, and currently performs as a member of his musical soul mates Americana Country, Honky Tonk and Rockabilly band Ruthie and the Wranglers. He remains a key performer on many sold-out BandHouse Gigs and Newmyer Flyer concerts—both organizations who for 10 years have specialized in producing tributes to nationally known musicians who had an impact on our national musical landscape.
With a lovable, lived-in voice, amazing piano chops, and a distinctive Blues-infused style, this new CD I See Trouble is a long awaited treasure of eclectic tunes showing Bill Starks’ versatile and charming songwriting style.
Bill is also a songwriter. His anthem “300 Miles From Memphis to New Orleans,” won Song of the Year at the WAMMIES. “300 Miles” has a coordinating video filmed and produced by Jim Robeson. “Repo Man” (a funny lament about reaching your financial ceiling) was featured on NPR during the mortgage crisis and has become a live show-stopping favorite. Bill recorded those songs for his album along with nine other diverse and solid tracks (including one co-write with longtime friend and musical cohort, guitarist Chuck Underwood) plus a Shel Silverstein song “Last Morning” gleaned from a 1970’s movie soundtrack, for a total of 12 tracks of ingenious entertainment.
“Bill Starks is continuously surprising us with his unique arrangements and spectacular songwriting skills” — Ruthie Logsdon
Apparently the Washington Area Music Association membership agrees! Bill was named Songwriter of the Year and took home the WAMMIE at the 30th Annual Music Awards in April 2016.