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Ari Joshua’s Raar Trio on “Star Light Mountain” New Release

Star Light Mountain by ARI JOSHUA'S RAAR TRIO cover art


“Star Light Mountain,” the latest single from Ari Joshua’s RAAR Trio is an electrifying track that is part of Ari’s ambitious project to release 24 original singles throughout 2024. Let’s just say, this track is a strong contender for a top spot.

Recorded during the tail-end of a national lockdown, the song pulsates with a yearning for wide-open spaces and uninhibited jams. The track opens with a powerful one-two punch: Ari’s bluesy guitar licks intertwine with Ray’s soulful organ. This sets the stage for a foot-stomping journey. Russ Lawton, a veteran drummer with over two decades behind the kit for The Trey Anastasio Band, lays down a groove so solid, it feels like the song itself is built on a foundation of rock.

Ari Joshua’s vocals take center stage, delivered with a raspy sincerity that perfectly complements the song’s classic rock spirit. Soaring guitar solos and layered harmonies by Josephine Howell add a touch of grandeur, taking the listener on a musical hike up the titular “Star Light Mountain.”


The beauty of “Star Light Mountain” lies in its ability to bridge the gap between eras. The song feels fresh and contemporary in its production. Yet the clear influences of bands like The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers shine through. Fans of jam bands like Phish and The Trey Anastasio Band will find familiar territory in the song’s extended instrumental breaks. While classic rock enthusiasts will appreciate the track’s focus on strong melodies and soulful vocals.

Overall, “Star Light Mountain” is a powerful track that will appeal to fans of classic rock and modern jam bands. The song’s all-star cast, including members of The Trey Anastasio Band, delivers a tight performance brimming with talent and passion. If “Star Light Mountain” is any indication, Ari Joshua’s 2024 project is shaping up to be a must-listen.

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