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Posted: August 24, 2009 04:47 pm (-05:00)
Danny Coleman
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In The Studio With 4 Star
[Chorus and Verse] Blog | Danny Coleman | August 24, 2009

There are four-star hotels. There are four-star restaurants. Then, there is 4 STAR the band.

These rockers from Bucks County, PA, were my guests on the latest installment of Rock On Radio. I was joined in studio by guitarist/vocalist Michael Luciano, guitarist/vocalist Will Rhodin, and bass guitarist Kevin Moon. Drummer Kerry Watson was unfortunately unable to attend.

4 STAR was formed early in '09 when Moon and Rhodin, who were playing with The Wilverines, hooked up with old friend and Eli The Hawk member Luciano. Soon thereafter, the three began making music on an acoustic basis. They discovered that their songwriting styles meshed so well that they decided to take things electric. They added Watson and the project took off.

Luciano and Rhodin are the primary writers in the group. This prolific duo have amassed a catalog of approximately eighty original songs; most finished, some not, in only eight months of co-writing.

Their July release of their self-titled six song EP is "only the beginning" according to Luciano. They have plans on returning to Grammy-nominated producer Jim Salamone's Cambridge Sound Studios and adding to this EP until it becomes a full-length CD.

The band puts no boundaries on their music, either. Utilizing the Celtic banjo and fiddle playing of Mark Arrington, they are willing to try any new sounds or instruments as long as it adds to their material.

Luciano stated that "we're willing to use bagpipes if that's what it takes to achieve the sound that we're looking for!" I discovered that he was telling the truth.  When I asked Rhodin from where it was that he drew his inspirations, he told me a tale of how he was walking through a local cemetery that's filled with many deceased from the American Revolution. He looked down, saw the name John William Bell and it became a 4 STAR original. This song, which features prominent Arrington fiddle and banjo, is, in the words of bassist Moon, a "countrified punk song."

4 STAR can be found playing locally in their Newtown Bucks County, PA area as well as all across the Delaware Valley. They can be heard, and their EP purchased, at www.myspace.com/4startheband.

Next week my guest is singer/songwriter Sarah Donner. This self-professed world traveler describes her style as "Electroacoustic."

Tune in at 10pm EST to www.wifi1460am.com and, as always... ROCK ON!

Danny Coleman
Danny Coleman is a central Jersey resident and a long-time area musician. He is currently the host of Rock On Radio which airs Sunday evenings at 10pm (EST) on www.wifiam1460.com.
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