Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbors
October 21 @ 11:59 pm - 1:00 am
Strahan grew up in Carrollton, IL, a farm town near the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, where the countryside was an expanse of corn fields, ravines, bluffs, and tributaries snaking their way alongside the backroads. His father, Alvin Roscoe Strahan played lead guitar, his grandma, Nina Strahan, played banjo which later in life led to ukuleles, and his grandpa, George Schnelten, had an enduring love for singing and recording songs a capella at home–they all encouraged music in their own ways. When Doug was 12 years old, he was starting to get to some trouble, and so his father decided it was time to start teaching him how to play guitar, with a stylistically broad approach, ranging from rock n roll, to country, to jazz. This carried on in a very loose arrangement through his teens, all the while, Doug was also learning rock and metal tunes with the use of guitar tabs, not to mention writing songs. As kids do, he continued to get into trouble, but the addition of music to his life gave a much needed outlet for that youngster angst and his introverted tendencies. It also gave way to visions of a life outside of a small town. Rock on 20 years to the turn of the millennium, Strahan moved from his college town, Charleston, IL to Austin, TX.
After 13 years of playing lead guitar in various bands, as well as recording and co-leading Austin’s strangest boogie-doom-beast, Chili Cold Blood and cosmic country purveyors of funky tonk, The Moonhangers, Doug released his debut solo album entitled “Coal Black Dreams, Late Night Schemes.” As much a stew pot of roots music as CCB and MH’s previous albums, the solo record eases on in the direction of Blue-Eyed Soul but finds home on the bar stool of the Dew Drop Inn, The Horse Shoe Lounge, your neighborhood watering hole. It was a different direction for Strahan, much to do with his time playing and writing with The Memphis Strange, but the Gary Stewart-esque vibrato remains.
In 2015, he and Good Neighbors released the sophomore, self-titled album, Strahan & The Good Neighbors. It’s country funk at it’s finest, with touches of Little Feat, JJ Cale, and The Allman Bros.
For the next album, he set out to feature twin guitars front and center on six songs. The end result, produced by everyone in the band, was Twilight Drifter, released in November of 2017, best described as country rhythm and blues.
The ever expanding Good Neighbors (generally not all on stage at once, but you never know!):
Doug Strahan (guitar, slide, vocals) – Carrollton, IL
Dave LeRoy Biller (guitar) – Michigan City, IN
Jonathan Grossman (keyboards)-Louisville, KY
Michael Lefkowitz (drums/percussions)-Lubbock, TX
Nevada Newman (guitar, vocals)-Baltimore, MD
Jeff Sanders (drums, percussions & cutlery, vocals) – Goshen, IN
Kris Wade (keyboards, bass, vocals) – Houston, TX
Dave Wesselowski (bass, vocals) – Wichita, KS