Strickland’s widow, Helen Strickland, made the announcement through an Instagram post on Jan. 7. The service is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Cross Church Pinnacle Hills Campus in Rogers, AK. Beginning at 6 p.m. CST, fans will be able to stream the service through Cross Church’s website.
“To all reading this message, you are invited to join our family at Craig’s memorial service either at CrossChurch or via webcast,” Helen Strickland wrote. “I love you all, thank you for loving my husband.”
Earlier in the day, Backroad Anthem announced they would continue to play music together following Strickland’s tragic death. In addition to a sold-out show at George’s Majestic Lounge in their hometown of Fayetteville, Ark. on on Jan. 16, the group will perform a second concert at the same venue the following day.
“We could never replace Craig, but we know he would want us to continue,” the band posted on their Facebook page. “Thank you for all your support and prayers.”
Strickland was found dead from hypothermia on Jan. 16, a week after he was reported missing. He, along with his friend Chase Morland, died after their boat capsized during severe weather while on a duck hunting trip on Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake.
Backroad Anthem Release ‘Torn’ Video for Late Craig Strickland
BY THOM FAIN Wide Open Country
The video showcases the band jamming out alongside each other with Strickland, and the timing of the release hints at a memento to their former frontman with their music doubling as an outlet for the group’s obvious grievance.
“Last year we shot a music video for our song, Torn,” the band says via YouTube. “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.”
Helen Strickland, the late singer’s widowed wife, had provided uplifting messages to fans on her social media accounts throughout the search and rescue efforts to locate her husband. The late singer died while climbing an embankment on the shores of Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake while on a hunting trip during suboptimal freezing weather conditions.
Fans of the pop-country outfit will be hard pressed not to feel their heart strings touched while watching the singer alive and well in the video, shot in 2015, dancing alongside his band mates in a manner that suggests a very democratic group on the cusp of what might’ve become a new hit sound altogether.
If this is any indicator of the new material from the group, it’ll be hard to wait for more.