Christian southern rock group Stratiotis will perform live at the Crawford County Fair at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Members of the group are Sean “Donk” Holland, Josh “Shewey” Johnson, Mark “Silky” Draper, Dustin “Tater” Fry, RJ “Cheese” Powell and Jarrod “Rabbi” Doonan.

According to its website, the group was formed to “spread the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ with a soulful southern rock style” and fill a gap in the Christian music genre between pop and gospel.

Produced by Rabbishonk Records, the group just released its second album, Testify, which is a mix of rock.

The bands first album, Soldier was released in 2015 and is described on the website as “Christian southern rock with a blues feel.”

Based out of Fort Smith, Stratiotis is playing shows locally and has opened for established Christian artists like Rhett Walker, Decyfer Down, Nine Lashes and Disciple. They recently played at the Sebastian County Fair.

The group’s name, Stratiotis, is a Greek term used since classical antiquity meaning “soldier.”

On their website, the band quotes Ephesians 6:13 from the Holman Christian Standard Bible: “This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.”

“The goal of this ministry is to reach those that may not otherwise hear the gospel and to add a unique flavor to Christian music,” the band states on its website.

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