Starr Studios Handpainted Banner Helps Traveling Murphys Promote Old-Timey Music
The saying "everything old is new again" resonates now more than ever. It seems that the more we become hyperconnected through technological innovation, the more long-dormant cultures are seemingly revived. It's as though we've collectively realized that if we're not mindful of preserving our history, it will be lost forever. As they, if you don't know where you've been, you don't know where you're going.
In the tradition of the Carter Family Band, often regarding as the founding family of country music, The Traveling Murphys comprise father Kevin, wife Darcy, and daughters Rosy and Lulu and travel throughout Texas and the Southeast playing traditional music. For a performance at the Houstand Highland Games, the band hired Sean Starr, sole proprietor of Starr Studios (Denton, TX) and a featured artist on The Sign Painter Movie and companion book, to paint a banner that's installed outside the performance tent.
He produced the banner with cotton-duck canvas. First, he stomped on the fabric in his studio; he noted, "It's a fine line between making it look old and beating it up so badly it can't be reused."Then, he decorated the banner with a combination of acrylic paints, 1Shot lettering enamel and shellac to create a suitably aged look. He said the band planned to use it for all future shows.
"These types of banners have become a very popular item," Starr said.
And, let's face it; would an inkjet-printed banner really be a match for old-fashioned music?