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‘Southern Strangers’ to record live CD/DVD in Kicaster
Yup, It's Me by SerenityMarch 20, 2013 3,913 views Post a comment
I recently had the chance to talk to some local artists from the surrounding area of San Antonio who call themselves “The Southern Strangers.”
Don’t let the band’s name fool you. Although they claim to be “The Southern Strangers,” each member is just as familiar as your best friend. “The Strangers” are young, diligent, working-class country guys who enjoy working hard, playing hard, and of course, playing music.
The story of the origin of the band’s name is rather simple. The members of the band were essentially all strangers when they first began to play. The lead vocalist of the group, Chad Anderson, was doing a solo acoustic show at the Wildcat Saloon in McCoy. Drummer (and part-time harmonica player) Tommy Baird was there too. When Tommy heard Chad sing and play, he decided to ask him if he ever thought of starting a band. The two strangers then gained the remaining band members, lead guitarist Matt Anderson, guitarist Anthony Moy, and Pony Hill on bass guitar.
The boys put on one heck of a show that I recently witnessed at Kosciusko Hall. This energy and crowd-pleasing comes from their small-town working class roots. Chad Anderson is from Dewees, Tommy Baird is from Adkins, Matt Anderson is from Elmendorf, Anthony Moy hails from Poth, and Pony Hill spent his younger years in Blountstown, Fla. Note: Pony was a one-time bass player for the group “Creed” before they were “Creed.” He describes this move as a great career choice and I agree the “Strangers” have a bright future.
When I asked the group who some of their musical influences were, they named a number of rock and country artists, including “Soundgarden,” “Nirvana,” “Stray Cats,” “Reckless Kelly,” Jared Birmingham, Blake Shelton, and many more. Other than having a good time, what inspires the “Strangers” the most about playing is reaching the point where people know it’s “The Southern Strangers” when they hear the band’s music.
The group’s first album “Middle of Nowhere” is a blend of Americana along the lines of Robert Earl Keen and Southern Boogie along the lines of Molly Hatchet. The band collectively agreed that their song “No Stoppin’” best represents their overall sound. “No Stoppin’” reveals the darkness associated when good love goes bad.
Everyone has a chance to witness the greatness that is “The Southern Strangers” on Saturday, March 23, in the Kicaster Country Store at 2239 F.M. 3432 in Adkins. This event is an all-ages show and is a CD release for their new sophomore CD. They are also recording a live CD and DVD.
Kicaster is no more than a 30-minute drive from anyone reading this. So come and get familiar with the “Strangers” and maybe you could end up on their live CD/DVD.
This is an occasional column by 15-year-old Serenity Bogert, daughter of Tracy Bogert of Somerset. She blogs at musiceatsleeprepeat.weebly.com.
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