The Red Clay Strays from Mobile is one of the best bands emerging from Alabama right now. AL.com included them in their “25 Essential Alabama Musicians To Know For 2018,” saying, “Sun Records classism meets razor-wire alt country…a road-house rattling live show.”
Their lead singer, Brandon, is like a reincarnation of Johnny Cash & Elvis and is literally a walking jukebox of old country and gospel songs.
The Red Clay Strays will perform in at The Thirsty Beaver Saloon, 1225 Central Ave, Charlotte, on Thursday, July 12th at 8:30 p.m. This event is open to patrons of all ages. This is a donation based show. For more information call 704-332-3612.
The Red Clay Strays, or “the Strays” as they are affectionately called by their friends and fans, started playing together only a little over a year ago, but they are rapidly developing a devoted following around the Southeast with a reputation for delivering solid, highly energized shows with a sound that is part Southern rock, blues, country and soul with a hint of gospel. They take their name from the “red clay” of the South, representing their deep Alabama roots, and the fact they feel like a bunch of strays that have banded together like brothers to the point all of them live together in one house. Backed by a tight, dynamic rhythm section comprised of Andrew Bishop and bass and John W. Hall on drums, the band is rounded out with Drew Nix on guitar and backup vocals and Zach Rishel on lead guitar. The band’s tour de force is lead singer Brandon Coleman, who also contributes rhythm guitar and piano; he’s built like a young Randy Travis possessed by Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. He can deliver the goods mesmerizing audiences.
The Strays is currently nominated for a 2018 Nappie Award “Best Local Band” in Lagniappe Weekly’s annual “Reader’s Choice Awards.” They were also named “Top 25 Essential Alabama Musicians To Know in 2018” on AL.com and were the winners of South Sounds Music Festival in Mobile.
The Strays have been in the recording studio working on their debut for Skate Mountain Records. Co-founder Scott Lumpkin comments, “"The Strays is one of the best damn rock and roll bands from South Alabama...the epitome of 70’s outlaw country right in my back yard. Brandon Coleman is the real deal. He is a time traveler with the voice, the look and charisma. I absolutely LOVE this band and can’t wait to share their magic with the world."