• By mrsmusic40
  • April 10, 2019


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!):


You can hear the high-lonesome of her birth-state Kentucky in the voice and fiddling of Beth Chrisman, but the warmth comes straight from the festive and tight-knit music community of Fairbanks, Alaska where she grew up.

She’s come a long way since showing up in Austin, Texas in 2006. While a member of retro country trio the Carper Family, Chrisman performed on Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion, US & international festivals, official showcases at Folk Alliance International and SXSW, and was recognized for her songwriting by the Independent Music Awards (“Cold, Dark & Lonely” Best Americana Song, “Foolish Ramblin’ Man” Best Country Song, IMA).

Well-known in Austin for her sit-in and studio work with local and touring artists, including James Hand, John C. Reilly, Alice Gerrard, and the Heartless Bastards, Chrisman is currently branching out on her own, as a featured songwriter in Project ATX6and fronting honky-tonk group The Morning Afters.


Johnny Dango is a writer & musician. He sings, plays guitar and a few other instruments, and was born, raised & partially educated in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been living in Austin, Texas for the last 15+ years and will be releasing a wealth of new music in the coming months, with both his newest band, Johnny Dango & The Stinking Roses, as well as with his band of the last six years, The Memphis Strange. A former journalist & schoolteacher, Dango’s musical journey began with piano lessons in 2nd grade and singing in the church choir before going on to professional stints as a sideman for Red Dirt rocker Stoney LaRue and founding member of indie band Brothers & Sisters. An avid fisherman, he has also been known to smoke a mean rack of ribs.

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