Growing from a one-man show to a real band

Starving in the Belly of the Whale, (left to right) Ricky Terrell, Lacey Terrell and Scott Loy, celebrate the release of the new album, “Conversation(s),” at Cloverdale in Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 17. CONTRIBUTED

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Starving in the Belly of the Whale, (left to right) Ricky Terrell, Lacey Terrell and Scott Loy, celebrate the release of the new album, “Conversation(s),” at Cloverdale in Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 17. CONTRIBUTED

Ricky Terrell has been making fragile indie folk for years as Starving in the Belly of the Whale. In 2014, the project transitioned from solo project to full-fledged band with the addition of Scott Loy (cello, saw) and Terrell’s wife, Lacey (vocals, percussion, guitar, ukulele).

This lineup is responsible for the group’s strongest work to date: the enchanting “Missionaries and Impostors” (2014) and the even better “Conversation(s).” Both albums were recorded at Micah Carli’s Popside Recording Studio in Troy.

Terrell recently answered some questions about Starving in the Belly of the Whale and “Conversation(s),” which gets its official release at Cloverdale in downtown Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Q: How has the group’s dynamic changed?

A: “The band is actually a band. Previously, Starving in the Belly of the Whale was just a moniker. The dynamic was a slow progression. At first, I didn’t realize this was going to be a permanent lineup. Scott and Lacey and Micah have helped me achieve the sound I was chasing for four years. I can’t appreciate them enough.”

Q: What appeals to you about working with Micah?

A: “I like how Micah maintains work relationships. I’ve always thought it is important to compartmentalize between work and pleasure. When we are in the studio, it’s all work. Micah did a lot of ground work. We spoke before production about our desired outcome. He did his fair share of homework and the product was perfect. Micah does a great job of making you do your best.”

Q: How has Lacey evolved as a singer and musician?

A: “Lacey didn’t consider herself a musician before we started recording ‘Missionaries and Impostors.’ She reluctantly followed us into the studio because we didn’t have another female vocalist for the album. Scott, Micah and I were blown away when she started singing. She started singing at a level some people chase their entire life. Scott and I constantly push her. On ‘Conversation(s),’ Lacey also plays tenor guitar, percussion and ukulele.”

Q: What does Scott bring to the group?

A: “Scott brings so much to the music. This is Scott’s third album with Starving in the Belly of the Whale. Every practice, every show, every recording session, we understand each other a little bit more. We both have very strong personalities and very strong opinions. Luckily, our strengths and weaknesses complement each other. Scott does a great job of bringing me back to reality when I’m being ridiculous. It’s important to know your limitations and your strengths. He always does what’s best for the band.”


WANT TO GO?

What: Starving in the Belly of the Whale presents A Magical Evening of Acoustic Performances and Storytelling featuring Jaymay, Tod Weidner, Paige Beller, Harold Hensley and others.

Where: Cloverdale, 101 S. Saint Clair St., Dayton.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

Cost: $7.

Info: Visit www.starvinginthebellyofthewhale.com

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