While family, friends and bandmates of the late Craig Strickland come to terms with his unexpected death from apparent hypothermia while on an ill-fated hunting trip, the remaining members of Backroad Anthem have released a new music video for "Torn."
Shot in 2015, the clip shows Strickland in his prime, sharing lead vocals with Toby Freeman and performing on a soundstage with the rest of his Arkansas-based country band. Backstage footage is tossed into the mix, shining a light on a band of friends and church mates who were poised for a big year in 2016. The guys clown around and pose for pictures, with Strickland smiling in nearly every frame. A tribute to an up-and-comer whose ascent was tragically cut short, the "Torn" video showcases Strickland not just as a frontman, but as a member of a group.
"Last year we shot a music video for our song, 'Torn,'" the band wrote in a Facebook post. "We wanted to finally release the video and share with everyone so you could have a chance to see Craig doing what he loved. We are so proud of how it turned out, and we know Craig was too."
Strickland's body was recovered on a lake bank in Oklahoma on Monday, January 4th, a week after he went missing while duck hunting with a friend.