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Budget Motel

by Bluestar Express

It's clear these are not your average industry-sculpted creamy-skinned pop stars...they're gritty little punks who cut their teeth on the hardness of life.... heedlessly defying the rules they deemed unnecessary.
Genre: Rock: Punk-Pop
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1. Red Love, Blue Love
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2. Bus Ride
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3. Shadow
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4. Swim Hard
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5. Sara Irene
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6. Fling
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7. There Are Times
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8. Christie
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9. I Will Survive
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10. Sour Apple Gum
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Album Notes
Bluestar Express
Budget Motel
1. Red Love, Blue Love (Nova)
2. Bus Ride (Beckley)
3. Shadow (Beckley/Bailey-Saucy)
4. Swim Hard (Nova)
5. Sara Irene (Beckley)
6. Fling (Nova)
7. There Are Times (Nova)
8. Christie (Beckley)
9. I Will Survive (Nova)
10. Sour Apple Gum (Nova)


Produced by Tom Nunes and Bluestar Express
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Tom Nunes
Recorded in Salem, Oregon at Skyline Mastering Lab
Casey Nova: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (Rickenbacker), Percussion
Joi Bailey-Saucy: Vocals
Michael Beckley: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (Telecaster), Organ, Percussion
Tom Nunes: Bass Guitar, Percussion
Lisa LeGros Nunes: Vocals
Chris Hooper: Bass Guitar
Jeff Graham: Drums
All songs written by Bluestar Express, (c) 2009, BMI


Bluestar Express is:
Casey Nova
Joi Bailey-Saucy
Michael Beckley
We would like to thank the following people for helping make this CD happen: Tom, Lisa, Chris, Jeff, Tim Knight

Essentially a self-contained garage punk rock & roll group from an impoverished rural Oregon town (without any traffic lights), Bluestar Express is something original, especially in 2009 America -- the land of Britney Spears, American Idol, McDonalds and Burger King, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. There is keen melodic inventiveness here, expressive vocals, sweet and exhilarting harmonies, and inspired musicianship. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. They met only two or three years ago, at an open mic session in a local hotel (the only hotel in town), held every Friday night in their hometown, Willamina (pop: 1,800). One night, guitarist and singer Casey Nova jammed with guitarist Michael Beckley, a conga drummer, and assorted vocalists. Not satisfied with Fridays only, Nova and Beckley formed "Evergreen Nylons," a wild, loose four or five-piece rock group to play on Saturday nights, too. A few months later they were joined by Joi Bailey-Saucy, a friend of Beckley. They cycled through various bass guitarists and drummers for awhile, playing gigs in area bars as a full band. But the core trio remained, writing songs together, recording, and eventually performing without a rhythm section. 

They changed their name to Bluestar Express in 2009, while recording their debut CD. Nova and Beckley play guitars, and everyone sings. Out of the Oregon backwoods, their infectious art is gaining fans. Clearly, BSeX offers up real songwriting savvy. Their musical attack is brash and guitar-oriented. As a writer, singer, and musician, Nova was inspired by diverse 70's bands The Ramones, T. Rex, and Roxy Music. Beckley borrows from blues, gospel, folk, country, and whatever else suits his musical vision. Besides romantic themes, their immediately accessible lyrics reveal imagistic ambitions, and complex, personal feelings. 

The conceptual unity of "Budget Motel," with its singalong melodies, mining of roots influences, rural vibe, whimsical eclecticism, angry realism, balladeering, and ballsy all-out rock is typified by Bailey-Saucy's memorable vocals. She sings on every track, either as the lead vocalist, including the hard-edged opening, "Red Love, Blue Love," and the anthemic closer, "Sour Apple Gum," or backing Nova and Beckley. Joi also wrote the sardonic lyrics and melody to the track "Shadow." All told, "Budget Motel" is uniformly strong. Musically, Nova and Beckley play sinewy, interlocking rhythm guitars reminiscent of Brian Jones and Keith Richards, while backed by the strong yet subtly swinging rhythm section of bassist Chris Hooper and drummer Jeff Graham (both from Hundred Dollar Jayhawks and The Nettles). Lyrically, the songs are about life on a budget, life on the road, life while falling into and out of love, wishing, losing, hating, regretting, heartbeats, sex, marriage, divorce, and forever-lost childhood. As Joi sings on the last track, "I'll die standing by the river, remembering what I was." Bluestar Express is a culture of its own.


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