It is always a good thing when a band take the classic sounds of yesteryear and bring them zooming back into our consciousness, but with their own, contemporary take on things. Therefore, we are really excited about being able to bring you the rather awesome True Strays, delta Rock & Roll revivalists and Bristol brethren born for blues fuelled, foot-stompin, late-night hoedowns. Essentially, a band who modernise good time rock n roll with a southern twist and a dose of the wild, wild West Country.
Taking influences from Chess Records’ Muddy Waters and Little Walter, British Invasion R&B, Grunge and modern day blues artists; all levelled out with a serious dedication to writing a great song, this is a band who are dedicated to getting a party started. So it is with great pleasure we are able to host them at The Victoria on Friday 10th March.
If you recognise the guys, that should be no surprise, having spent four years touring with Sam Green as his band The Midnight Heist and having founded their own Smokin’ Juke Joint venue at Fieldview Festival, the boys are no strangers to bringing a room full of people into a Friday night frenzy. Frontman James, one of the founders of Fieldview is a long time familiar face to crowds at The Vic even before Midnight Heist days, in his own guise as Weatherstorms or as part of the much-missed Old School Tie.
Whether leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry, the True Strays bring 21st Century Rhythm and Blues with anthemic choruses and a healthy measure of the heat of the swamp. Their energetic and joyous live shows have already made them a must-see headline act in Bristol. Their brand of good time rock n roll earned them slots at Shambala, 2000 Trees, Swingamajig, Wildfire, Fieldview, Cock & Bull and Valley Fest in 2016, with more to come this year.
Support comes from the brilliant musicianship and songs of fellow Rhythm and Blues and Roots music aficionados The Dustbowl Children whose lap steel, slide and country guitar licks drive some of the funkiest swamp blues this side of the Everglades.