Magazine article Guitar Player

The Star Room Boys. (Buzz)

Magazine article Guitar Player

The Star Room Boys. (Buzz)

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"I grew up listening almost exclusively to rock and roll," says Phillip McArdle of honky-tonkers the Star Room Boys. "I'd never played country, so when I joined this band I had to pick up the style pretty fast."

Thankfully, McArdle is a quick study. The Star Room Boy's sophomore effort, This World Just Won't Leave You Alone [Slew-foot] shows he has become a country player with impeccable taste and style. For McArdle, his crash course in honky-tonk not only let him thrive in the confines of the group's George Jones-style tear jerkers, it also gave him a new outlook on the guitar.

"With country guitar, there's a way your hands interact with the instrument that isn't there in a lot of rock playing," he explains. "You can really hear the subtleties, such as the change in tone you get by simply moving your pick around on different areas of the string. You can make the same note sound aggressive or tentative. …

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