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Strahan & The Good Neighbors, Rare Creatures

Saturday 10/13
Show: 9:30PM
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Strahan & The Good Neighbors

Strahan & The Good Neighbors

"Waylon Wouldn't have done it this way, but he'd have approved." - Austin Chronicle

To put it simply, we are an American Band or if you're into the whole sub-genre thing, then call it American Old School. It's funky but it isn't funk; there's country, soul, and blues in there, but it isn't any of these; it's American, but it's not Americana. Like my favorite bands from the 60s and 70s, we're steeped in old school American music, but we've evolved into something all it's own.


Moving south from Illinois for warmer weather and a barroom education of country picking was, according to Doug, among a plethora of bad choices, one of the best decisions he's made in his adult life. After 13 years of playing lead guitar in various bands, as well as recording and co-­leading Austin's strangest boogie-doom­-beast, Chili Cold Blood and cosmic country purveyors of funky ­tonk, The Moonhangers, Doug released his debut solo album entitled "Coal Black Dreams, Late Night Schemes." As much a stew pot of roots music as CCB and MH's previous albums, the solo record eases on in the direction of Blue-­Eyed Soul but finds home on the bar stool of the Dew Drop Inn, The Horse Shoe Lounge, your neighborhood watering hole. It was a different direction for Strahan, much to do with his time playing and writing with The Memphis Strange, but the Gary Stewart­-esque vibrato remains. In 2015, he and Good Neighbors released the sophomore, self-titled album, Strahan & The Good Neighbors. It's country funk at it's finest, with touches of Little Feat, JJ Cale, and The Allman Bros.

Rare Creatures

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Rare Creatures

Formed initially as an experiment in diverse songwriting, Rare Creatures has grown into a full on rock spectacle. Their sound navigates between heavy synth rock and melodic acoustic rhythms seamlessly from song to song, switching it up around every corner. Influenced by bands from Alt-J to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, with some ethnic spices sprinkled in for good measure. The group is fronted by Coleman Sawyer on vocals and guitar, with Hugh Camp on bass and synthesizer, Keller James on lead guitar, and Logan Crank banging the drums. Recordings are forthcoming, and will be released in late 2017.