For Immediate Release 12/29/2015 at 2:45 pm EDT People Exclusive: Craig Strickland’s Family Clinging to Hope After His Dog Is Found Alive: ‘It’s a Good Sign,’ Bandmate Says (NEW YORK) – Craig Strickland‘s family and friends have not given up hope he’s alive. While the search for Strickland continues after he went missing during a duck hunting trip that claimed the life of his friend Chase Morland, Strickland’s family is taking a little bit of comfort in the fact that his beloved black lab Sam, who was also on the trip, was found safe and sound, walking the bank of the Arkansas river. “Craig’s dog being found alive is a very good sign,” Strickland’s friend and Backroad Anthem bandmate Toby Freeman tells PEOPLE. “That’s a piece of hope that we’re actually clinging on to.” “Dog being man’s best friend is a saying that’s so common, but it’s actually so true in this case,” he says. “Sam’s an older lab and for him to make it in such harsh conditions – it’s just so amazing and we’re clinging on to that.” The family has gathered at the search site northwest of Tulsa and is praying they find Strickland, 29, alive. “Craig and his dad Randy are so close. They pretty much do everything together when he’s home,” says Freeman. “They are a very faith-based family. God is their center. I know Randy’s clinging to hope, but his heart is just broken. It’s such a gut-wrenching accident and it’s so tragic. His wife Helen is struggling so much, she’s just hoping and praying that they find Craig.” Though a meteorologist told the family the wind in the area where Strickland’s small duck hunting boat was found capsized was gusting up to 45 mph and the wind chill put the temperature under 20 degrees, Freeman says it wouldn’t be out of character for Strickland to pull through such harrowing conditions. “Anything that Craig put his mind to he could accomplish,” says Freeman. “He’s so passionate about his wife, his family, the band – he had a fire in him for the things he loved.” For more, go to: http://www.people.com/article/craig-strickland-dog-found-alive-family-holding-out-hope?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag
Local Arkansas Group Play Bottleneck in Lawrence Kansas, Your Chance to Win! Up and coming local Arkansas country/rock group, Backroad Anthem is reaching a little further outside their usual circuit, and will be playing a live show at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS this Saturday, March 30th! For 18 an up, the doors open at 8pm, and the show start at 9pm! Luckily for some KS fans we’re doing a little giveaway. Just follow the guidelines below for the chance to win an official band tank top! Backroad is currently working on their debut EP which will release this year! They have also recently been added to the official Thunder On The Mountain Festival line-up! Be sure to check them out ASAP! Giveaway Guidelines: Step 1: (If you aren’t already!) Follow us @CMNBlog and @BackroadAnthem on Twitter! Step 2: Send out the following tweet: “I entered to win an official band tank top from @BackroadAnthem and @CMNBlog and you can too: http://ow.ly/ju1vr #CountryMusic #Live” Step 3: When we receive you’re tweet, you’re entered to win! Important Info: Winners will be randomly selected and notified individually via Twitter. Prizes were provided by Backroad Anthem. Tweets must be received by 8:00pm Saturday, March 30th. Your prize can be picked up at The Bottleneck after the show. Winners will not be eligible for another prize drawing until 90days after this one.
Backroad Anthem Explodes Onto The Country Scene with Performance at Georges Majestic Lounge, Headed Somewhere Fast! I have a feeling that sometime soon, I’ll be telling everyone how I met the boys from Backroad Anthem before they made it big. I first stumbled across this group of local talent when they opened for Dustin Lynch at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR at the beginning of January. I didn’t even know they were on the night’s bill until I got to the show, and I was immediately blown away by the energy in their performance, their original sound, and how they had the fans on their feet and grooving in a matter of seconds. I thought maybe Dustin’s fans were just particularly exuberant, but I caught Backroad again just a little over a week ago when they headlined at George‘s and sold out the venue. For the second time, I was taken aback by these guys, especially considering that, as I later learned, they’ve only been together a short time (less than six months!). No matter the short time frame, these talented young men have hit just the right note, and they’re headed in the right direction. The Energy The first thing you’ll notice about Backroad Anthem is the raw, no holds barred energy that they put into their performances. according to lead vocalist frontman Craig Strickland this is exactly what they’re aiming for. “We want to offer people somewhat of a country power band, where everyone is incredibly talented at their instrument. When people walk out the door from a live show we want them saying ‘That band had something that other bands don’t have. Their crazy energy on stage is addictive.’” – Craig Strickland For his part, Strickland never stays in one spot for long as he’s constantly jumping, running around on stage, dancing on an amp or interacting with the crowd. At the same time the extraordinarily talented fiddle player, Eric Dysart, isn’t taking any breaks either and keeps things upbeat and sizzling with his superb skills. Meanwhile, Isaac Senty kills it on the drums, Toby Freeman‘s smooth vocals balance out Craig’s more rocker vibe while adding to the overall sound with his rhythm electric, and Josh Bryant keeps a cool demeanor without holding back as he fires away as lead guitarist. Every single one of them is constantly giving it their all, and the result is a loud, well-performed, high energy show that has the audience on their feet, dancing, singing along, and cheering for more the entire time. Bottom line, one thing is for sure, the crowd won’t leave without having a great time. The Sound Besides the high energy of their shows, Backroad Anthem has an interesting and original sound, and is sure to draw folks back for more. Granted, at this early stage, they are still filling their set with a lot of covers of popular country hits, but even still, they demonstrate a pretty wide range in the process. They cover classics Continue reading