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Backroad Anthem to Continue After Death of Craig Strickland

Backroad Anthem will carry on with back-to-back shows in Fayetteville, Ark., this month. Barret Baber will help replace Craig Strickland, who was found dead on Monday (Jan. 4), eight days after going missing after a duck hunt.

A note on the band’s Facebook page clarifies that Strickland was one of two frontmen for the six-piece country rock band. All indications are that they’ll continue to make music without him. With the addition of a second show at George’s Majestic Lounge, there are nine shows on the group’s 2016 calendar.

“Due to the overwhelming support and sold out show on Jan 16th, we have scheduled another show on Jan 17th in honor of Craig Strickland at George’s Majestic Lounge. Love y’all,” a post reads. “We could never replace Craig, but we know he would want us to continue. Love Yall thank you for all your support and prayers.”

KFSM-TV in Fort Smith, Ark., reports that Baber — a finalist on the most recent season of The Voice — will be one of several local musicians to join Backroad Anthem. The first show on Jan. 16 has already sold out.

Strickland and 22-year-old Chase Morland went hunting on Dec. 27, despite poor weather conditions. Morland’s body and their boat was found capsized the next day. Strickland, 29, was found out of the water a week later. He’d attempted to remove his wet clothes before dying on a hill near Kaw Lake in Oklahoma.

Backroad Anthem formed in 2012.

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