Music video — Sammy Suede & the Strays, performing “Sweet Adeline” and “Just A Memory” at The Water Heater last Friday
It’s difficult to quantify stuff like this, but I feel pretty confident in saying that Sam Lunsford is the most wildly versatile and talented musician around Roanoke these days.
In his latest incarnation, he is a Gram Parsons-style country music singer/songwriter with a helluva band. The act is Sammy Suede & the Strays, and it includes some of Lunsford’s cohorts from Rootstone Jug Band. The Strays opened at The Water Heater last Friday for J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices, and damned if they didn’t sound about as good as Harris’ band of Nashville cats. They’re not quite there yet, but watch out once they get some more gigs under their collective belt with huge truck-stop buckle.
Here, the band plays “Sweet Adeline,” one of Lunsford’s own songs. The two-song playlist continues with another original, “Just A Memory.”
It’s nice to have some more honky-tonk slingers in this town. Maybe folks will catch on.
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