BY SHEENA BARNETT
OXFORD – Paste Magazine has crowned Star & Micey as the No. 1 Tennessee Band You Should Listen to Now.
The magazine is going through each state, cataloging the best of the best in music, and Memphis soul-folk-pop trio Star & Micey scored the top spot. Band members Joshua Crosby, Nick Redmond and Geoff Smith are honored, to say the least.
“I remember scrolling and I thought, OK, I’m looking for 10, looking for 9, come on, 6 – and I keep scrolling down, and we got No. 1. I just didn’t see that coming,” Crosby said.
The good news just keeps coming or Star & Micey.
The band will release its new EP, “I Can’t Wait,” in October on the legendary Ardent Music label. “I Can’t Wait” was recorded at Sweet Tea in Oxford with Dennis Herring, who’s worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Buddy Guy and the Counting Crows.
“It’s the hardest we’ve ever worked in the studio as Star & Micey,” Crosby said.
The band tried to capture its infectious, super-energetic folk pop sound on record.
“We stepped out of the way and let Dennis have more of the producer role,” Crosby said.
Star & Micey always welcomes extra musicians to play at its live shows, so sometimes the trio can grow into a four-piece, five-piece or even six-piece band. Jeremy Stanfill, who’ll also open the show, is joining them for the Proud Larry’s show on Saturday.
Star & Micey is in a good place: appreciating accolades, ready to release new music and eager for the stage.
“It’s exciting and a relief, to have something new to offer people,” Smith said about “I Can’t Wait.” “It’s our first time to play Proud Larry’s, so we’re really excited.”
After all, the stage is where Star & Micey thrives.
“I prefer being out on the road,” Crosby said. “You don’t realize how much you wanna go back out until you’re home for about two days.”
• On stage
Who: Star & Micey
When: 9:45 p.m. Saturday
Where: Proud Larry’s, Oxford
Can’t make it to this show? Star & Micey will perform at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Rick’s Cafe in Starkville. William & Mary and Sipsy Fires open. Tickets are $5 before the show and $8 after it starts. Check rickscafe.net for more.