All the good times is the seventh album from Starlings,TN, and it represents an evolution in their sound as well as in the band line-up with founders Steven Stubblefield (vocals, dulcimers, mandolins, guitars) and Tim Bryan (bowed dulcimer) continuing with Mitchell Vandenberg (upright bass, backing vocals) who joined on the previous album, and new member but old friend Bryan Robison (electric and acoustic guitars) rounding out the band, with Cade Callahan adding drums on several tracks to strengthen the sound. And that sound veers from the very traditional through country stylings to outright rock and roll.
Goodtime Gal is a tale of a drifter with a gal in every town, who is a lover not a fighter "Now if you've got a man gal well we got to be discrete / lord I don't want to get gunned down out in the middle of the street". Oh! Whiskey goes a little further into bar band archetypes by being a song both in praise of drinking strong liquor and also a love song to a girl called Whisky. It rattles along at a fine pace.
Having got the listener used to one style, the band then change tack for the hauntingly emotive Back to Magnolia
, on which reminisces of home and youth are vividly accented by the bands dulcimer players with Stubblefield exchanging his loud and confident earlier vocal for a rasping confidential semi-whisper. - americana uk