Wall Street Jouranl - From Oklahoma, Red Dirt Wranglers02Oct, 2011
Jason Boland & the Stragglers, 'Rancho Alto,' Tuesday
In Jason Boland's song "False Accuser's Lament," he sings as a farmer whose paid-for testimony sent an innocent man to hang for murder. Laced with fiddle and pedal-steel guitar, the song presents a plot twist to "The Long Black Veil," a ballad originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell. On his sixth studio album, Mr. Boland adheres to country traditions (but largely avoids their lyrical clichés), using his baritone voice to lead the dancehall engine of his band the Stragglers. With members based in Texas and their native Oklahoma, they're a Red Dirt band.