Arkansas Band Celebrates Official Release of Ocho for Willow
Originating from Arkansas with a powerful, country-fried Southern rock sound steeped in country twang and bluesy swagger, Starroy
has officially released its debut album, Ocho For Willow.
The band’s music combines the mud of the soulful Delta with the funk and groove of the Big Easy. It’s a sound that will “keep your feet tapping like you’re in the middle of the Big Easy, downing whiskey with your buddies,” according to the well-traveled foursome, but things didn’t feel like such a party when Ocho for Willow’s
launch was initially put on hold.
After losing longtime bassist Justin Henry, Starroy was dealt another blow during the summer of 2011, when drummer Heath Finch suffered a near-fatal car accident. It took months for Heath and his two bandmates -- guitarist Barry Fowler and singer/guitarist Adam Barnard -- to recover. Now, more than a year later, Starroy is putting the pedal to the metal once again. “That’s just another one of those notches in the ol’ Starroy belt loop that have brought the band together, and made us a bit tighter as a whole,” Fowler says.
Ocho for Willow may be a debut album, but don’t mistake Starroy for a young band. These road warriors have built a large, devoted audience in venues across the Midwest, sometimes playing as many as 130 shows a year. They’ve had some good company on the road, too, sharing stages with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blind Melon, Ian Moore, and Better than Ezra.
You can find Starroy on the road this summer, promoting Ocho for Willow night after night. They’re a diverse live band, locking their instruments into a bluesy groove one minute and stretching their legs into a psychedelic jam the next. Regional tours through the Midwest, South and Southeast will lead up to their first European tour, which kicks off this December. In the meantime, Starroy will also put some time into recording a follow-up, which is scheduled for an early 2013 release.
“In all honesty we really want to just be able to continue writing and playing music, while at the same time making a living doing what we love,” explains Barry.