By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
It’s not often a band refers to one of its members as, basically,
But that’s exactly how Star & Micey sees one of its own.
The Memphis band is made up of Joshua Crosby, Geoff Smith and Nick Redmond, and sometimes expands into a six-piece to include drummer Jeremy Stanfill, violinist Jessie Munson and accordian player Adam Woodard. But it’s that core trio that is at the heart and soul of Star & Micey.
“Me and Josh grew up together and started playing music probably about 10 or 11 years ago,” Smith said. “We took a hiatus in 2006, and then Josh met Nick at a singer-songwriter night.”
Josh describes what Redmond did for the band: “Nick was kinda like fertilizer. Things weren’t quite growing right, and then, bam.”
Star & Micey was born, and since then, the band has released its debut album and traveled throughout the Southeast playing its brand of jolly music.
It sounds like pop-folk, with maybe a bit of soul, and occasionally country, but really, Star & Micey sounds like pure joy. Old-school influences drive the group’s sound.
“The Beatles are always good, and you can always get something from them, anything: a good song, the sound of it, the way to play it, the way to sing it, the way to live your life,” Crosby said. Smith said Otis Redding is another big influence.
Star & Micey has performed a few shows at the Blue Canoe, and has another show there this weekend. Meanwhile, they’re looking at the bigger picture: The trio hopes to get to work on a second record soon.
“Right now a producer is chatting with our label to see if we can make a record with him,” Crosby said. “We’re closer now than we’ve ever been, so we’re definitely trying to make that happen by the end of the year.”
Til then, Star & Micey intends to spread the joy at the upcoming Tupelo gig.
Show up, Smith promises, and “Josh will give you a free hug.”
Hear ‘em live
What: Star & Micey, The Carolina Story
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Blue Canoe, Tupelo
Info: (662) 269-2642 or facebook.com/BlueCanoeTupelo