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Backroad Anthem sit down to reflect on the two-month anniversary of their lead singer’s death YouTube Screenshot
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How do you deal with losing your best friend and brother? It’s a question with no easy answer, but the members of country band Backroad Anthem are working to move on after their lead singer, Craig Strickland, died last December.

You’ll recall the agonizing search for Craig when he went missing on a winter hunting trip with a buddy. Both of them passed away in the freezing conditions, but the members of Backroad Anthem never doubted they would carry on in his memory.

Bass player Brandon Robold tells Rare Country, “We knew that the best way to honor Craig and his legacy and drive for this band was to continue. It was kind of a ‘How do we get through this?’ And the support from the fans and families and people from all over the world has been a huge help.”

When we asked the guys in Backroad Anthem how they’d like Craig to be remembered, fiddle player Eric Dysart gave us a very poetic answer.

“Craig’s drive and passion are really what made up his character, and that’s something when he put this band together. His vision — it’s like he could already see the end of the tunnel. That’s probably what he’s always going to be remembered for is his passion and drive.”

Backroad Anthem delivered a touching cover of Cole Swindell’s hit, “You Should Be Here,” the first time they took the stage without Craig. Check it out here.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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