“‘Rancho Alto’ features simple but evocative storytelling and an elevated sense of songcraft...there might be hope for country music yet.” - Texas Monthly
Jason Boland & the Stragglers will play in Mason on Friday, March 16 in support of their newest album Rancho Alto, released through Boland’s Proud Souls Entertainment (APEX Nashville/Thirty Tigers). The album released October 4 with Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen) featuring 11 new songs, 8 written or co-written by Boland. The band was recently featured in The New York Times Playlist : “Genre or Post-Genre, It’s A Singer’s World”http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/arts/music/new-music-by-kari-jobe-mohombi-bhi-bhiman-and-others.htmlBoland is a country purist whose music has much more in common with Waylon, Merle, Willie, and Johnny Cash than what is heard on the airwaves these days. He clings onto the notion that the fundamental values of the genre are soulful, blue-collar, defiant, truthful, and real. The Wall Street Journal says, “On his sixth studio album, Mr. Boland adheres to country traditions (but largely avoids their lyrical cliches) using his baritone voice to lead the dancehall engine of his band the Stragglers.” Formed in 1998, Jason Boland & The Stragglers built a name for themselves through five studio albums, two live albums and most notably, their amazing sold out live shows. To date they have sold over 500,000 albums independently. Their 2008 release, Comal County Blue was one of 2008’s most successful independent country releases, debuting at #2 on the Billboard National Heatseekers chart, #30 on Billboard Country Albums, #1 on iTunes country albums, as well as their first debut on the Billboard Top 200. Jason Boland & the Stragglers are Boland (vocals/guitar), Roger Ray (steel/lead guitar & dobro), Jeremy Watkins (fiddle), Grant Tracy (bass), and Brad Rice (drums). With one foot firmly in the past and the other in the present, Jason Boland & the Stragglers make music for people who miss real country music and for people who just love great music.