|ROCK & ROLL BOOGIE IS COMING.
Starroy — Now stateside following a successful European tour in the final months
of 2012 — is back at work in the studio working on a stash of hand-picked,
Southern-tinged rock-and-roll tunes written and honed while traveling the globe.
This well-seasoned five-piece based in Jonesboro, Arkansas, delivers a powerful
mixture of country-fried, psychedelic jam-rock-and-roll regularly, pleasing
fans from all walks of life — no matter their musical tastes.
Starroy has been compared to the likes of the touring greats: The Grateful
Dead, Grand Funk Railroad, Widespread Panic, and Gov't Mule, and has received
rave reviews of both its recorded material and its live shows from music
critics all over the world.
Rejuvenated and armed with powerful new material, Starroy also is throwing another
member into the mix just in time to record on the group's second album: drummer
Jacob Brumley has joined the band, and former drummer and longtime member Heath
Finch will now be contributing percussion. The lineup change is Starroy's answer
to life-altering challenges the group faced the past two years, and it will take
the band in a new direction toward a more radio-rock-friendly sound, says
Bassist Justin Boswell.
"The pieces of the puzzle have aligned at the right moment, and Starroy has
seen once again that the only way to survive as a group, after more than a
decade of playing together, was to change and grow," Boswell explains. "This
does not mean we aren't going to be who we are and always have been. It just
means we wanted to offer the world a product that was even more thought-out,
a product that is even better than anything we've previously done."
Already, Starroy — which also includes lead vocalist and guitarist Adam
Barnard and guitarist Barry Fowler — has accomplished a lot, and the group
has garnered high praise from music critics covering all genres. Dave Terpeny
of Kynd Music Magazine writes: "Starroy delivers a stunning combination of
blistering blues rock assaults, intimate ‘gathered around the fire’ acoustic
jams and smoky progressive rock instrumentals.” Nashville Rage described
Starroy this way: “Hailing from the unlikely berg of Jonesboro, Arkansas,
comes groovy college funk-pop band Starroy, who may fit into the jam-band
world but sound much more like a reincarnated Blind Melon than anything
Phish-y." “How these guys managed to stay independent and not get swept
off their feet by rushing hordes of major record labels is beyond me…,
" says Michael Jones of Blog Critics Magazine. Longtime music editor
Jim Harris at the Arkansas Times writes: “Absolutely the most stage-ready
rock-jam group I’ve seen in a long time...” Now with a renewed love for
creating music, a new direction, a new level of respect and appreciation
for one another, and a sense of drive to keep alive a band that has seen
much hardship and tribulation — Starroy's commitment, talent and strong
bonds can't be measured in dollars and cents, or even described fully
with words. This is Starroy: A band of rock-and-roll brothers.