Songwriter Doug Strahan made his way to Austin from Illinois about 13 years ago, and got himself “a barroom education” in country music playing. Lots of lessons learned – the good, the bad, and probably the ugly, and earned his badass stripes recording and performing with the likes of Chili Cold Blood and The Moonhangers. It has been a big and wondrous journey right up to the present, and now Stahan is ready to unleash his very own record, the self-titled debut of Strahan and The Good Neighbors.
Strahan prefers to avoid overdrawn descriptions of his music. Boring. His band, bottom line, is an American band, and by American, he means an abundance of country, soul and blues influences that shape the band’s sound without necessarily adhering to one single genre. Strahan likens the style to that of some of his favorite bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s – a bit of everything that’s awesome.
Strahan and The Good Neighbors are celebrating the release of their new album tomorrow night at Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez. Joining them on the bill is Austin reggae rocker outfit Cornerstone. The music starts at 10 p.m. Recommended.
– Photo courtesy of the artist.