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Acclaimed Southern rock band headed for Eureka this weekend before European tourPosted Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 10:17 AM
Starroy, based in Jonesboro, was recently picked up by a Eureopean management firm and will be touring across that continent beginning Nov. 30. They play two nights at Squid and Whale Pub, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, beginning around 9 p.m.
Touring Europe has been a long-held dream that the band almost had to give up on when, early last year, Starroy's drummer nearly lost his life in a devastating car accident. Heath Finch and his wife, Dominique, escaped with their lives and have both since recovered, but only after many months of treatment and multiple medical procedures.
The near-fatal accident has put things in perspective for Starroy's members, says lead guitarist Barry Fowler, and it has given them a new "kick," you might say -- a new drive for their music and their dreams.
Starroy's music has a little bit of jam and a lot of forward motion. It's a little bit Southern and a lot just good ol' rock and roll. It's a little bit psychedelic, a little bit funky, and a whole lot of fun.
Fans who see Starroy perform live find they cannot sit still, and Starroy's catchy melodies and memorable lyrics usually inspire folks to sing along while they're shaking a tailfeather. Here's a sample of some of their songs from their critically acclaimed album "Ocho For Willow":
Starroy is a band cut from the sounds of the South -- fashioned only a stone's throw away from Memphis, the home of the blues, and a quick nap from the land of country; deeply rooted in the mud of the soulful Delta and fixed by the funk and groove of the Big Easy. Some would say you're a product of your environment. With that in mind, Starroy doesn't fall too far from the tree.
This well-traveled four-piece delivers its own powerful mixture of country-fried, psychedelic jam-rock and roll regularly, pleasing fans from all walks of life, no matter the musical tastes.
Starroy has worked hard since mid-2011 to rebuild as it replaced founding member (bassist) Justin Henry and after it narrowly escaped losing Finch.
The one-two punch of Finch's challenging recovery and the difficulties of finding just the right fit in a new bassist have renewed the band's passion for their "All Killer, No Filler" style of rock and roll, the members all agree.
Finch has now fully recovered, and the band's new lineup -- with the addition of lively bassist Justin Boswell -- is primed and beginning to explode, particularly since Starroy has recently been picked up by European management company Teenage Head Music. The agency promptly booked the group for a monthlong tour across Spain, Belgium, Holland and Germany beginning Nov. 30.
Boswell has brought in new influences and ideas to further refine Starroy's sound and helped the band rebuild and restructure its set, creating what the group calls a return to its own rock and roll roots.
Rejuvenated and armed with amply powerful new material, Starroy is not merely looking for a comeback; its members have bigger dreams than the measured level of success the band had achieved before the departure of its former bassist and prior to Finch's car wreck.
A renewed love for creating music, a new level of respect and appreciation for one another, and a sense of drive to keep alive a band that has seen hardship and trials -- all things that can't be measured in dollars and cents, or even described fully with words, as the band's bio notes; "This is Starroy: a band of rock and roll brothers."
A regular performer at major Little Rock venues such as Revolution Music Room and Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, Starroy also has performed on the big stages at Riverfest and has shared the stage with such groups as Blind Melon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights, North Mississippi Allstars, Ian Moore, Our Lady Peace, Jimbo Mathus, Hill Country Revue, Rick Springfield and even Night Ranger.
Here's a video of Starroy performing at Stickyz in Little Rock last winter:
Critics have long loved Starroy. Lately, the European press has been heaping a ton of praise on the band's album, "Ocho For Willow," in advance of the group's appearances there next month.
Stateside, Starroy is also no stranger to rave reviews, though. Dave Terpeny of Kynd Music Magazine writes: "... the quartet delivers a stunning combination of blistering blues-rock assaults, intimate 'gathered around the fire' acoustic jams and smoky progressive rock instrumentals."
"Hailing from the unlikely berg of Jonesboro, Ark., comes groovy college funk-pop four-piece Starroy, who may fit into the jamband world, but sound much more like a reincarnated Blind Melon than anything Phish-y," writes the Nashville Rage's music critic.
"How these guys managed to stay independent and not get swept off their feet by rushing hordes of major record labels is beyond (me)... Whatever roads Adam, Barry, Justin, and Heath have traveled in order to arrive at this point -- and at this album -- is a journey well worth all their effort," writes Michael Jones of Blog Critics Magazine.
And Jim Harris of Arkansas Times writes: "Absolutely the most stage-ready rock-jam group I've seen in a long time..."
For more information about Starroy, visit http://www.Starroy.com.
Starroy's shows at Squid and Whale begin around 9 pm Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for admission. Squid and Whale has two entrances, at 10 Center St. and 37 Spring St.; 479-253-7147.
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Carroll County News Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall is a longtime music writer and live music follower in Arkansas. In addition to her full-time journalism career, as a hobby she has formerly has covered live music around the state for Citiscapes magazine in Fayetteville; the statewide Celebrate Arkansas magazine based in Rogers; The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; Little Rock entertainment website Do501.com; LoveLiveMusic.com; KATV Channel 7's "Good Morning Arkansas"; and Nightflying, the statewide entertainment monthly; as well as her own music blog formerly located at http://mojo-management.com/kstarsmusicblog. With Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Music Blog, she now writes about live music primarily in the Eureka Springs and Carroll County regions, and includes major shows coming to nearby areas such as Fayetteville and Branson as well.
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