“Brilliant Rootsy Vibes!” – BBC Bristol
“strong Americana” — BluesNews
“Rising stars of the UK Americana scene” – The List
“intelligent blues/grunge” – The Grey Lantern / Megs World
“Their creations have vitality, it’s more than just words and music, they pack a real punch and make you sit up and take notice…” – Blues & Roots Radio
“…this trio has always been the real deal.” – Dancing About Architecture
“Delightful” – Blues Matters
“Country cool rock ’n’ roll” – Nitelife Online
“Rockin’ blues at it’s best.” – Swingamajig
“A hip-shaking barrage of blues rock n roll.” – Clunk Magazine
“Brilliant Live!” – Shambala Festival
With the band’s biggest and first fully ticketed tour to date, and some of their most prestigious festival appearances all being cancelled with the impact of Covid-19, it wasn’t looking like it could be finished. Reaching out to their fans to help complete the album, a kickstarter campaign was started and an incredible amount of funds were raised. Just over £9k. This act of community kindness and belief from their fanbase instilled hope and drive to complete the album, and Take What You Want From Me is the first release from the album sessions.
True Strays are lifelong friends, songwriters and country boys – Joseph James and James Cameron – from Bristol, England who are fast carving out a niche of their own in the UK Americana scene. Their music is a cathartic celebration of alternative roots americana and blues rock.
Their songs focus on the dirt that life throws at you and how struggle can be transformed into something better. The prolific songwriting duo draw influences from classic sounds such as Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Fleetwood Mac and modern retro inspired acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr and the Black Keys.
From the rock and roll circumstances of their first meeting, in a sand pit in playgroup 30 odd years ago, they have completed countless UK tours, supported bands as diverse as My Baby and Elles Bailey, been jump started by Keith Allen, played by BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 4, played their first European dates, survived 70+ festival shows at prestigious festivals like Green Man, Boom Town, Larmer Tree and Shambala and have been featured on the Spotify’s Nu-Blue and Modern Blues Rock playlists.
2021 sees a year’s hard work behind the scenes coming to fruition. A recent invite to showcase at the prestigious UK AmericanaFest, a debut album recorded and a main stage slot at Black Deer Festival all on the horizon. With or without live shows, True Strays are not giving up on their musical calling.