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Ellen Starski


  1. 1.
    Missing You
  2. 2.
    Honey I'm Not Him
  3. 3.
    Ode to Nanny and Cookie
  4. 4.
    Taken by the Breeze
  5. 5.
    Miss You Mary
The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants acts as the soundtrack to a period of self-discovery. It's an autobiographical album, rooted in a lush mix of indie-folk, orchestral Americana, and organic pop.
Starski wrote the songs during a span of a dozen years, tracing her trek from Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania — where she began playing guitar at 19 years old, before cutting her teeth as the singer of a bluesy bar band — to Knoxville, where she kicked off her solo career with pub gigs and open mic performances. The journey then winds its way to Nashville, Starski's adopted hometown since 2008. It was there, alongside producer Anne McCue and a handful of the town's top sideman, that she recorded The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants.
It's a record that's as dynamic and driven as its creator. Sonically influenced by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan's Desire, and the Alison Krauss/Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants offers up a combination of sweeping string arrangements, stripped-down piano ballads, finger-plucked folksongs, and everything in between, all held together by a voice that's both emotional and elastic.
"The record is about growth," she explains. "It's about all these things that have happened to me, which have helped me blossom as a human being."


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