Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Jason Boland & The Stragglers
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Between the East and West Coasts, and still a good distance from the third coast of Nashville, is found a place known as the Dust Bowl. It’s a place where art meets the everyday life of common America, and it has produced some of the most distinctive American art ever. The tradition of that region has produced the music of Woody Guthrie. It provided the root system for the genius of Merle Haggard. It is the tradition of Bob Childers, a Red Dirt icon, who learned how to present the forgettable man unforgettably, and it’s the tradition that can be heard in the songs of Jason Boland. On his new album Comal County Blue, Boland deals with life, politics and the human experience informed by that Oklahoma tradition and his own personal experience. In the opening track “Sons and Daughters of Dixie,” Boland addresses the struggles and anger of those who lived through Hurricane Katrina, expressing defiance against authority, while affirming the strength and ability of the average person to overcome (“The back shall not be broken of the soul that won’t be killed / If there’s one thing a Southern man knows how to do is to rebuild.”) Boland’s well-known struggles with alcohol make their way into Comal County Blue as well. Though many artists evoke Haggard’s name when discussing their influences, few have lived on the edge of destruction like he has, only to come back from that edge with songs that leave the listener with greater insight into the soul of those that struggle against their demons. In “Bottle By My Bed,” Boland reflects on four years of sobriety after coming dangerously close to drinking himself into an early grave. He chronicles his transformation from a self-professed liability to a sentient being (“Now I’m going back home / It’s down this path I’m led / And I’m no longer empty like the bottle by my bed”). The first single is the title track, “Comal County Blue.” It’s a gentle song that puts the listener in the seat right next to Boland with the window rolled down. It’s like sharing a conversation as he and the listener escape the occasionally suffocating contentment of small town life to experience all that the big city has to offer. (“Tonight I’m rolling up north / Back to where I paid a due /Tonight the answer’s Austin / For the Comal County blue”). Though Jason is the primary songwriter and singer, this is no one-man show. “Outlaw Band,” narrates the vision to which Jason Boland and The Stragglers have always been true: that of self-reliance, determined professionalism and bringing the best music possible to fans. The song showcases the Stragglers’ Noah Jeffries on searing fiddle and mandolin parts, while the rhythm section of Brad Rice (drums) and Grant Tracy (bass) provide an unfailing foundation. Roger Ray (guitar, pedal steel) also lets loose on the dobro, perfectly complementing the groove that is sure to raise the roof at future Stragglers’ shows. The song captures the musicality at the core of the energy that is Jason Boland and The Stragglers. The esteem that Jason Boland and the Stragglers’ contemporaries hold him in is evident by their participation in Comal County Blue. Robert Earl Keen duets with Boland on “The Party’s Not Over,” reassuring listeners that the party will always “come back around.” “Alright,” co-written with Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed, is an infectious song with a vocal chorus that soars. Producer Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen, The Waybacks) gets the best performance out of the band since Pearl Snaps. The album was tracked live in the studio, and under his deft touch, the band delivers a musical tour de force that is at times subtle and at times rollicking. It’s that musicianship, along with Jason’s increased maturity as a lyricist that makes Comal County Blue Jason Boland and the Stragglers’ finest effort to date. While at first glance Jason Boland and the Stragglers’ music may seem easy to stereotype as Texas or Country, intent listening makes it harder to categorize their music easily, revealing the influence of the land and life that got them to where they are. Boland knows he can’t shy away from questions about how to classify his music but simply states, “The Chinese don’t call it Chinese food, its just food. I’m just making music.” When asked what the record is about, Boland steams, “It’s about drinking, it’s about being sober, it’s about replacing vices with vices, it’s about divorce, it’s about the silenced, its about the sacrificed souls of Americans, its about Galileo being right! And it’s about working harder than we’ve ever worked.”

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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 427

Jason Boland & The Stragglers  12/29/2006            
PK from FLA
Best Damn country CD this year...peridod. See all you Texans and Okies at Musicfest.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  12/26/2006            
Andy Rose
I love JB&S. This is a tight band with a tight sound. Jason's an excellent songwriter. They hold up live and in the studio. I own every album and listen to them all, though Somewhere in the Middle is by far my favorite. If you own one country music CD make sure it's one of JB&S's.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  12/24/2006            
This new record is one of the BEST true country records I have heard in a while. I only listen to the old stuff, and this is a solid comparison! Great JOB!
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  12/15/2006            
I love the latest CD "The Bourbon Legend". Jason Boland is a songwriting genius. Anyone who loves to hear great lyrics and real outlaw country will love this record. I have been a Boland fan since Pear Snaps, which has always been my favorite. I think Bourbon Legend is better. And that is quite a compliment! By the way Jason and the boys are fantastic live!
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  12/13/2006            
the new stuff i listen to just isnt the same. the old music, every time i heard a song i had to drink a beer.go back to the way it was, start drinking again jason
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  12/12/2006            
This stinks to be honest. Wasted my money.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  11/29/2006            
"No One Left to Blame" is the best song I have heard in at least two years. Being someone with a short attention span, I can't remember what the last best one was. This album has the sound and feel of Pearl Snaps, which is the best first album ever. As someone who drives all over the country all the time, I think the best kind of an album is one you can listen without it annoying you while your CD player keeps playing it over and over. One that is kind of there while your mind wonders, almost like a soundtrack to what you are thinking or mulling over or just trying to clear your mind with. The Stragglers are awesome at making these kind of albums. A coulpe of weeks ago I drove all the way from Minneapolis to DFW with this album going the whole time. Never once did it occur to me to change the CD, track, or even the volume. Amazing.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  11/15/2006            
It you listen to Live @ Billy Bob's and dont feel like having a party, you aint got a pluse! I saw Jason and the band live @ Cains Ballroom a couple of months back. Hardest working and best live act I've seen in years. These guys are my new favorites.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  11/14/2006            
Simply put, one of the best albums to come out in a long time. the songs are a bit slower than some of his previous but the lyrics and the music are great. while bringing back the sound of the original outlaws, he makes it all his own and is still the most originalof all the texas and red dirt music movement
Jason Boland & The Stragglers  11/13/2006            
I love Jason Boland and The Stragglers, they are one of my all time favorite groups. I just purchased the Bourban Legend. This cd is very different from the rest. I missed the up beat music I am used to hearing. I didnt feel the songs were rowdy and fun like the other albums. This isnt my favorite album.
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