Southern Rock Revival

Article Published: Aug. 7, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 7, 2012
Southern Rock Revival

For fans of Southern rock, the music produced in the 1970s remains the gold standard. Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Little Feat and others created their most timeless music during the decade, music that is still a mainstay of rock radio.

The music of Arkansas quartet Starroy is heavily influenced by the Southern rock of the 1970s, albeit with its own modern “jam band” spin on the genre.

Starroy’s debut studio album, “Ocho for Willow,” is a guitars-a-blazing Southern rock gem, one that honestly depicts what the band sounds like in its live shows.

“Ocho for Willow” opens with the bluesy rocker, “Knumb,” followed by the Skynyrd-esque “Lil’ Ditty,” with its dueling guitar and piano riffs and soaring, he-man vocals.

Like any good Southern rock band worth its salt and shot of tequila, Starroy sprinkles “Ocho for Willow” with some tasty acoustic numbers. “Dream” and “Bella” feature great licks and acoustic slide playing that is reminiscent of Duane Allman.

Starroy knows how to blend jam band detours and psychedelia into its musical palette, most notably on the Little Feat meets Pink Floyd cruiser, “Ocho.” There’s even a hint of Grateful Dead influence on the stunning “Without Warning.”

Starroy features Adam Barnard on acoustic guitar and vocals, Barry Fowler on lead guitar, Justin Boswell on bass and Heath Finch on drums. After losing longtime drummer Justin Henry, the band was dealt a severe blow by almost losing bassist Boswell in a near fatal car accident. It took months for Boswell to recover, but when he did, the band decided to finally take to the recording studio to lay down tracks for its first album.

“That’s just another one of those notches in the old Starroy belt loop that have brought the band together and made us a bit tighter as a whole,” Fowler said of the car accident.

A year later, and one album under its belt, Starroy is once again playing about 150 live shows a year.
Through non-stop touring, energetic live shows and an ability to connect with audiences, Starroy has been receiving numerous accolades in the press.

Dave Terpeny of Kynd Music wrote, “…the quartet delivers a stunning combination of blistering blues rock assaults, intimate ‘gathered around the fire’ acoustic jams and smoky progressive rock instrumentals.”
And Jim Harris of the Arkansas Times wrote, “Starroy is absolutely the most stage-ready rock-jam group I’ve seen in a long time.”

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