I had lunch with two members of The Strands today - Susan Ferrari and lead singer Amanda Campbell and learned many strange and wonderful things about the band, like the fact that Amanda lives with her husband, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 4 chickens in a house with a 1947 Plymouth and a 1956 Chevy truck - both fully restored - parked in front. And that is not all - 4 of the 5 members of The Strands live on Strand street. You can't make this stuff up.
The Strands were formed in 2011 when the lead singer discovered at a karaoke party that she could - and should - sing. So her musician husband did what any good husband would do when his wife has an existential crises - he started a band. It gets better and better, but you should tune in this Friday to hear more of the adventures of the genre-defying band that has created Artisanal sound.
The Strands formed in 2011 to bring the genre-defying sound they like to call Artisanal to world. Thoughtful and provocative lyrics dominate, carried by a piano with a subdued drum and sophisticated guitar grooves. The result is almost jazz, but not quite – the Strands straddle the line between jazz and pop. Lead singer Amanda Campbell delivers original material - mostly written by the band's pianist Susan Ferrari - with a smooth voice backed by the legendary Richard Green on lead guitar, Ferrari on piano and keys and the founder of the group, Paul, on bass. Restrained, thoughtful, striking, the Strands stand out and we are glad they are taking the time to talk with us on Music FridayLive!