The Red Clay Strays Sign with RCA Records

The Red Clay Stray are now major label artists. Announced on Saturday, March 30th, the throwback Sun Records-inspired outfit from Alabama has officially signed to RCA Records, which is a division of Sony. It comes amid the band’s meteoric rise in popularity as they’re selling out venues left and right, and being booked in big slots on major festivals throughout the United States.

“Well since the cat is out of the bag we figured we should go ahead and let y’all know because we want you to hear it from us first. We’re super excited to announce that we have signed with RCA Records!” the band said in a statement. “Signing with a record label wasn’t something we originally set out to do. It’s also not something that we rushed into doing.”

The Red Clay Strays are already considered one of the best live acts around. After releasing their 2022 album Moment of Truth, they announced in September of 2023 that they had signed with Thirty Tigers, and were working with well-known producer Dave Cobb on a new album. That same Dave Cobb-produced album is apparently still on the way. But since Thirty Tigers doesn’t make performers sign commitment contracts, they could still move on if another opportunity arises. Apparently it did with RCA.

“Over the last 6 months, it has become very clear to us that we’re going to need all the help we can get in keeping up with our rapidly growing demand while also reaching new fans all over the world,” the band continues. “After many meetings and much praying, we all truly feel that RCA is the best choice for us! We can’t thank y’all enough for the love and support you’ve shown us over these last seven years! We wouldn’t have made it this far without y’all. We’re excited to see what the future holds!”

Major labels picking the pocket of Thirty Tigers is nothing new. It happened with Tyler Childers and Luke Combs just to name a few. Colter Wall and his LaHonda label partnered with RCA Records in 2023 after Colter started on Thirty Tigers as well. Sturgill Simpson also signed with Atlantic from Thirty Tigers, though Simpson returned to Thirty Tigers after a falling out with Atlantic to release his final albums.

No word at the moment on when new music might be on the way from the Red Clay Strays, but it might be sooner than later. Meanwhile, you can check them out on their 2024 tour, which you would be wise to do before they’re playing massive venues for pricey admission.

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