- Album Name:The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants
- Genre:indie-folk Americana
- Artist:Ellen Starski
- Title:Separated By Time
- Band:Ellen Starski
- Billy Thin's joint:Starski explores both her homeland and herself, traveling from the coal country of rural Pennsylvania to the roots-music hotbed of Nashville, Tennessee, and creating a soundtrack to that period of self-discovery. The album is autobiographical and rooted in a lush mix of indie-folk, orchestral Americana, and organic pop. "The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants" was recorded in East Nashville and produced by Anne McCue. The album also features a handful of the town’s top players: drummer Paul Griffith (Jason Isbell, k.d. lang), bassist Jimmy Sullivan (Lee Ann Womack), pianist Carl Byron (Michelle Shocked, Jim Lauderdale), and drummer Bryan Owings (Emmylou Harris, Tony Joe White). 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 folk songs, and everything in between, all held together by a voice that's both emotional and elastic, singing about the triumphs, missteps, and stories Starski's picked up along the way.
DESCRIPTION: This song lays out the accounts of a relationship gone wrong. Over the years, I've seen this story time and time again. Young girl falls for older guy, and, months later, he's moved on to the next victim. "Separated by Time" is a piece of work I like to dedicate to every lady who fell for the wrong guy, and to all the ladies who are bravely bringing up babies on their own. Keep fighting that good fight!