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David Starr and Friends

with special guests Erik Stucky, Mark Prentice, and Michelle Nicolo Prentice

David Starr and Friends
David Starr and Friends

Time & Location

Mar 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center, 195 W Main St, Cedaredge, CO 81413, USA

About the Event

David Starr

“His music is authentic, his songs are honest; full of emotion and truth. A voice you will never forget.” — John Oates

With a name like Starr, is it any wonder? The Arkansas native has honed his decades-long career releasing over ten albums, touring internationally, sharing the stage with esteemed artists such as John Oates and John McEuen, and opening for acts like America, John Oates (Hall & Oates), Jim Messina, Travis Tritt, Restless Heart, Karla Bonoff, The Steel Wheels, Survivor, and more.

His unique mix of soulful vocals and honest lyrics create a folk/roots sound all his own; garnering him prestigious showcase performances at Folk Alliance International, AmericanaFest, and Southwest Regional Folk Alliance. In 2022, he performed over 50 dates including a two-week run in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, where he has come to build and grow recurring audiences year after year. He continues to top the Colorado Music Chart and is frequently one of the most downloaded artists on Airplay Direct. A master guitarist, he is endorsed by Breedlove Guitars and was honored to create his own limited edition signature guitar and featured on the cover of their Spring 2021 magazine.

His latest project Better Me, includes high energy acoustic-driven songs such as the title track and “Closer To You,”  the fiesty blues-rock “Poison The Water,” as well as the haunting “Any Chance Of Going Home,” which features classic fingerpicking with Starr’s sharpened storytelling lyrics.

Recorded in Nashville, TN at Addiction Sound Studios, the project was produced by Starr and Mark Prentice, with A-List musicians such as Matt Bubel (drums/percussion), Jimmy Mattingly (fiddle), Dan Dugmore (steel guitar/electric guitar), John Reno Prentice (electric guitar), Irene Kelley (background vocals), Michelle Prentice (background vocals), Mark Prentice (bass/keyboards), and acoustic and electric guitars from Starr.

Better Me follows Starr’s 2020-21 album Touchstones, where he released a single a month for a year. A crowd favorite, Starr went back to his roots covering the music that shaped his own, from "I've Got To Use My Imagination" (Gladys Knight),  to “Drive” (The Cars), and to "These Days" (Jackson Browne).

Starr’s critically acclaimed album Beauty & Ruin is a collection of songs inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by Starr’s grandfather in 1972. Produced and arranged by John Oates, it is a southern gothic tale beautifully told through Starr’s own musical lens, with the help of some of his favorite Nashville collaborators including Dana Cooper, John Oates, Irene Kelley, Doug and Telisha Williams, Shelley Rae Korntved, and Jim Lauderdale.

Starr’s prestige extends beyond the stage as well, having launched Starr’s Guitars in Little Rock, before relocating to Cedaredge, CO in 2001, where it is now a beloved institution. Starr is a founding member of the board for the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center in Cedaredge, an intimate event space aimed at attracting musicians and visual artists to Colorado’s Western Slope. He also produces the town’s annual Apple Fest, which draws over 15,000 people to the area, securing live music from more than a dozen acts on the Starr’s Guitar Stage over the course of the 3 day festival.

An early riser by nature, Starr is often found up before 5am, and applies that same work ethic to his music. A prolific artist, he is constantly touring, writing, and recording; and continues to affirm himself as a mainstay in the Americana/Folk genre.

Erik Stucky

Growing up in the rugged mountains of western Colorado, Erik Stucky picked up his first mandolin at the age of 8. Following the release of his debut album Stray Clouds in 2017, Stucky packed up his instruments and a single suitcase and pointed his pickup for Nashville.

Influenced heavily by New Grass Revival and Lyle Lovett, the Americana artist proved his  ability to cross genres from Country, to Soul, to Jazz, all the while maintaining an unmistakable writing style and voice with his sophomore album, Good Vibrations (2021). Performing on the mandolin and guitar, Stucky combines his passion for lyric writing, folk instrumentation, and big band arrangements.

The mandolin player known for his easy listening voice and lyrics (think Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz) has held stages across the United States and Europe and been featured on Today in Nashville, RFD-TV, Nashville Entertainment Weekly, The Cowboy Channel, The Bluegrass Situation, and many other media outlets. His music has been also praised by Roots Music Report, M Music & Musicians Magazine, and CMA, AMA, and ACM award-winner Crystal Gayle.

When he’s not writing or playing music, Stucky enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading, practicing martial arts, hunting, and eating great food. To keep up with Erik’s latest music news and tour dates, visit and follow him on Instagram @erikstucky, Facebook @erikstuckymusic, YouTube, and your streaming platform of choice.

Mark Prentice

Mark is a Nashville, TN based Grammy Winning Record Producer (Fairfield Four/Elvis Costello), and an in-demand studio musician, music director, and hit songwriter. His versatile and exhaustive music industry resume` includes recording and performance credits with renowned County Artists as well as various Internationally known Pop, R&B, and Rock-n-Roll Artists, including: Elvis Costello, John Fogarty, Desmond Child, The Fairfield Four, Lyle Lovett, BJ Thomas, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Don McLean, Crystal Gayle, Kevin Griffin

(Better Than Ezra), Frankie Miller, Herb Alpert, Kenny Loggins, Joe Walsh, Status Quo, Paul Carrack, Jennifer Nettles, Michael McDonald, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Hornsby, Felix Cavaliere, The Young Rascals, Charley Pride, Steve Earle, Allison Morer, Sam Moore, Billy Preston,

Ben E. King, Michelle Wright, Jennifer Hanson, John Oates, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks, Paulette Carlson, Bruce Cockburn, Holly Williams, Bo Diddley, Mitch Ryder, and many others. Mark co-wrote the Hit-Country-single, “Lipstick,” recorded by Rockie Lynne. The CD single remained at #1 on the SoundScan sales chart for 12 weeks. Additional songwriting credits include cuts with Sara Evans, Susan Ashton, Leroy Parnell, Walt Wilkins, Rockie Lynne, the Raphaels (Stuart Adamson), Kate Wallace, and Cliff Sarde, others. Mark spent 2013-14 on tour as bassist and Musical Director for “Once Upon A Dream”, a Steven Van Zandt production featuring the reunion of the Young Rascals, as well as touring Europe and the US with Don McLean in 2015-16. Having just played on the Jimmie Allen #1 Country song “Down Home”, other current projects include producing the last project for Grammy Hall Of Fame artist B.J. Thomas, and music production for two feature films, a television show and various Artist projects.

Mark can be reached at

Michelle Nicolo Prentice

As a singer of phenomenal range and talent, Michelle Nicolo Prentice began singing at age four and had her first professional engagements at age eight. A native of Salt Lake City Utah, she won the prestigious Otto Harbach Award, was the National Talent Winner of the Modern Miss Pageant, and

received a full scholarship to the University of Utah's Musical Theater Program. Her extensive professional resume includes recording work with Rod Stewart, Bebe Winans, Dennis DeYoung, Wynonna Judd, Felix Cavaliere ,Lari White, Russ Taff, and Mike Reid, starring roles in the original cast productions of hit songwriter/playwright Marcus Hummon's "Francis Of Guernica" and "Warrior" about which the Tennesean’s reviewer Evans Donnell wrote, “As Iva, Thorpe’s first wife and great love, Michelle Nicolo Prentice provides some of the most exquisite singing moments you’ll find on any stage.” Michelle delivered a stirring performance with the Sarajevo Symphony to celebrate the anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, and sang "Somewhere" on the Original Cast recording of West Side Story with Kenneth Schermerhorn and the Nashville Symphony. She is a featured artist, along with Enrico Caruso and Leontyne Price, on the NEA’s “Great American Voices” CD Michelle has released three recording projects: “My Baby Just Cares For Me” a collection of Jazz Standards,She She “High Class Jazz” a duet project with her daughter Gabrielle, “A Michelle Prentice Christmas” and most recently, “Mama's Lullaby” a collection of original songs written specifically for mothers.

Michelle resides in Nashville, TN with her husband Mark and her children Gabrielle, Matthew and John.

Find all of her music and info at


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