It was a dark night, like many before it in Memphis, TN. Joshua Andrew Cosby walked home from rehearsal with his guitar, case-less, slung over his back. A local homeless man flagged him down, not for money but for a story. He explained to Cosby how he had written a song about his ex-wife Micey. There, on that dimly lit street occurred an exchange, two men playing each other songs of heartbreak and the ultimate sacrifice. Upon parting ways, this man revealed his name to be Star. That name became the fixture for one of Memphis’ most inventive bands: Star & Micey. Its core members are listed as two brothers without the same last name, Geoff Smith and Joshua Cosby. It was merely coincidence that Cosby later met Nick Redmond at a local pub and began a relationship based on music and above all, brotherhood.
Star & Micey’s self titled debut album features a revolving door of fantastic musicians including Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero), just to name a few. However, when the sun sets, it is Cosby, Smith, and Redmond that work relentlessly night after night. Hopefully, the music they make can transcend material possessions, and exhibit something that is always tangible between these three troubadours; that thing is love.
The Memphis-based group makes winsome, feel-good, old-timey-tinged pop tunes that owe as much to sea shanty-spouting indie acts like the Decemberists as they do to straight-up bluegrass bands like Freakwater and Nickel Creek.
Star & Micey have their roots in the friendship between bassist Smith and frontman Cosby. The two Memphis-based musicians became good friends when they were barely teenagers, and began working on songs together when they were in high school. The band became a threesome when Cosby passed a demo CD-R along to Redmond, a sound engineer at Ardent Studios. The demo led to Redmond joining the fledgling band, and, to top it off, to a record deal with Ardent Music. Their self-titled debut full-length was released in the fall of 2009, and the trio followed it up with a wide-ranging tour of the United States.
Upon their return to Memphis, Star & Micey brought three new members into the fold: drummer Stanfill, accordionist Woodard, and violinist Munson. The band released two singles, “12 Days of Memphis” and “Crazy Jean,” in 2010; the following year saw the release of their third single, “Back to the Night.”
In 2012, the band has returned to it’s core members, Cosby, Smith and Redmond. Te band recently recorded a new EP at Sweet Tea Recording Studio in Oxford, Mississippi, produced by it’s owner Dennis Herring. The new album will be released at the end of May and a summer tour will follow.
“The band makes smart, solid rock with agile pop hooks and a deep undercurrent of soul….. It is Memphis, after all.
“…one of my favorite acts I have seen here, and that is a lot of bands.”
-Jaz Dixon (Paste Magazine/Live At Paste)
“Cosby’s lyrics are like pages taken from a Lovelorn writer’s diary…The blend o fmusical flavors adds a winning Memphis twist that sets this apart from the guitar jangle that typically accompanies such romantic strife.”
“Star and Micey are a folk trio unlike anything we’ve seen here in a very long time. Their songs are powerful for their understated tones.”
“They honestly love what they are doing and that is a damn refreshing change that I haven’t witnessed in quite some time”
-Charlie Gouveia (Twisted South Magazine)
“…bubbling with various pop tunes and intimate lyrics.”
“Contemporary indie folk trends with a gritty southern groove.”
“…Star and Micey embodies all of these sweet Memphis flavors mixin in some indie and finger snapping pop. In other words, feel good music.”
“It is a groove bursting with soulful pop vocal harmonics, melodic strums o ffolk, smooth, infectious bass, and the grit and wail of blues.”
“Terrific folk infused pop music that’s melodic and infectious.”
-Times of Acadiana