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Val Starr and The Blues Rocket New Music!

My guest this evening is California-based blues woman VAL STARR of VAL STARR & THE BLUES ROCKET .

Val Starr & the Blues Rocket have shared the stage with the likes of Albert Cummings, Rick Estrin, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, EG Kight, EC Scott, Laurie Morvan, and Chris Cain, to name but a few.

As a longtime fan of this talented singer/songwriter and performer's West Coast Blues sound, show host Tom Lounges has featured Starr on his radio shows in the past, and is thrilled to be offered the honor of debuting some of the brand new songs from Val's forthcoming album, which will drop in April of 2024.

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Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979. For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper. He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.
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