Take What You Want From Me, from this Americana Roots Rock & Roll duo from Bristol is a swaggering roots rock groove that mirrors the depths of despair felt through these modern times,‘Nothing left to give, gave it all away, bent out of shape, got to catch a break’. There’s hope that you can ‘Turn it around’ and as it explodes into the anthemic rock and rolling chorus of ‘Take what you want from me, take it for free, you won’t get what you need’ the band take full flight and the intensity dial is ramped up.
He single is taken from the forthcoming debut album Heart of the Matter, which was on the brink of collapse. 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 £9k was raised. This act of community kindness and belief from their fanbase instilled hope and drive to complete the album, and this is the first release from the album sessions.
True Strays are lifelong friends, songwriters and country boys – Joseph James and James Cameron – from Bristol, 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 acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr andthe 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 performance at UK AmericanaFest, a debut album release and main stage slot at Black Deer Festival are all on the horizon.