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 a group of young, diligent, working-class country guys who enjoy working hard, playing hard, and of course, playing music.
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 Tx, Tommy Baird is from Adkins TX, Matt Anderson is from Elmendorf, Anthony Moy hails from Poth TX, and Pony Hill spent his younger years in Blountstown Florida. 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 among the likes of Soundgarten, 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 Southern Strangers’ 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. The song reveals the darkness associated when good love goes bad.
The Strangers' second album "Reckless Ways" is also now available. Check them both out!