Strung Like A Horse
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Strung Like a Horse is known for their signature brand of Americana, distilled from old-school storytelling, roots-rock and bluegrass instrumentations, and alt-rock edge. Mississippi-bred, Chattanooga-based frontman Clayton Maselle brings the influences of John Hartford, Split Lip Rayfield, Danny Barnes, the Band, Violent Femmes, and Old Crow Medicine Show to his singular songs. The band’s authenticity, unpredictability, boundless energy, and great fondness for a good time have made their live shows a cult favorite.
This summer, the band recorded their first studio album, Whoa!, with multiple Grammy-winning producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Margo Price, Al Green, Josh Ritter), to be released on Transoceanic Records in early 2020. Noted by Amos Perrine in No Depression as among the “Best New Music” at AmericanaFest 2018 and on his “Don’t Miss” list for AmericanaFest 2019; Strung has also been invited to perform an official showcase at AmericanaFestUK 2020 in London. The band tours year-round, performing up to 90 shows a year, including Bonnaroo (labeled “Best Band Name”), Suwanee Roots, Wildwood Revival, Rhythm & Blooms, Summer Camp, Music City Roots, Scene City Roots, HartfordFest, LibertyFest, NAMM, Road to Nightfall (winning act), Moon River Music Festival (launch party), Get Off the Grid Fest, and Jam in the Van. They have toured on the road or performed with Old Crow Medicine Show, Shooter Jennings, Nicki Bluhm, Del McCoury, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Sam Bush, War, Lera Lynn, Honey Honey, and Hot Buttered Rum. Sam Bush remarked, after they opened for him, that the five-piece band’s full-tilt set “makes me sound like Bill Monroe.”
Full band lineup includes: Clay (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin), “Crispy” (drums, bells, percussion), Tyler Martelli (lead guitars, piano, organ, keyboard, mandolin), “Danimal” (upright double bass, electric bass, lap steel guitar), Ben Crawford (banjo), and Paddy King (fiddle, cello).