The Red Clay Strays—a country-rock outfit from Alabama—will make you realize that maybe not all modern country music is shit.
Its sound is generally pretty bass-heavy and low-key. Take the band’s Moment of Truth album, for instance. Basically, imagine Johnny Cash’s With His Hot and Blue Guitar, just mostly leaning on an acoustic bass, minus a few electric numbers.
The Strays, fresh off a set at Ft. Lauderdale's Tortuga Music Festival, comes to Tampa this weekend, and if you’re expecting to get down to music about the heartbreak of your tractor breaking down while you’re slurping a Bud Light (oh, sorry: Jack Daniels), you’re gonna be disappointed.
Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.