• "High In The Rockies" enters Billboard and Itunes Chart

    May, 2010





    JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS’ new live album HIGH IN THE ROCKIES has made a strong first-week showing on the Billboard and iTunes charts.  The new CD, released 4/20, is the fourth-highest Billboard Country debut of the week (after Willie Nelson, Colt Ford and Merle Haggard), landing at #27.  It’s #1 on the Heatseekers (South Central U.S.) chart, #3 Heatseekers (National), #136 on the Top 200 Albums chart and it hit #5 on iTunes’ Country Album Sales chart and #35 overall Album Sales.  On the radio front, the track “Tulsa Time” has hit #1 on Billboard’s “Texas Regional Radio Report” and #1 on the “Texas Music Chart.”


    See the video for “Tulsa Time” here:


    Boland--who’s joined in the group by Roger Ray on steel, lead guitar and dobro; fiddler Noah Jeffries; bassist Grant Tracy; and drummer Brad Rice--said, “It was time for a live album, and also to get a photograph of the five of us now.  I’m really happy with the material we chose. It stems from The Bourbon Legend and Comal County Blue and we went back and mined a couple of our older songs, and songs like Merle Haggard’s ‘Rainbow Stew’ and Tom Russell’s ‘Gallo Del Cielo,’ that fans kept requesting and never let die.”


    The group is out on the road now, tearing through a 45-show run throughout Texas and the Mid West.



    Fronted by singer-songwriter-guitarist JASON BOLAND, the band has independently released five studio albums and two live discs including 2010’s High In The Rockies: A Live Album. They have sold 200,000 albums while amassing critical acclaim for their distinctive, hard-charging brew of country and rock with roots in artists like Waylon Jennings. Their most recent studio album is 2008’s COMAL COUNTY BLUE, which was Boland’s first release on his own label, Proud Souls Entertainment, in conjunction with the Apex Nashville label and Thirty Tigers distribution. Comal County Blue was one of 2008’s most successful independent country releases, debuting #2 on the Billboard National Heatseekers chart, #30 Billboard Country Albums, and #1 iTunes country albums, as well as their first debut on the Billboard 200 at #159.  In a review in the Austin Chronicle (November 2008), Doug Freeman wrote: “…When he sings of a rough, raw hope on songs like ‘Bottle By My Bed,’ it cuts deep with genuine experience. The Okie turned Texan's fifth studio LP opens applying that same defiant bootstrap mentality to the hurricane-hit Gulf behind a low, Waylon Jennings gruffness on ‘Sons And Daughters Of Dixie,’ and there's a touch of classic David Allen Coe on the dark barroom ballad ‘Something You Don't See Everyday. Yet Boland also has a polish in his approach…on tunes such as ‘No Reason Being Late’ and ‘Alright,’ his hard drawl working best on subtle, hard-luck realizations like the title track.” Onstage, Jason Boland and The Stragglers tear it up, prompting writer Sam Gazdziak to note in his November 2009 review ( “This concert was a perfect antidote for anyone who’s become frustrated by the lack of balance in mainstream country music, and a reminder that country doesn’t need pop or rock elements to still kick ass.”


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