• "High in the Rockies"

    Oct, 2009

    "High in the Rockies" Coming 4/20/10




    As JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS continue to cement their reputation as one of the country’s finest touring live acts with an expanded 2009 itinerary, the fiercely independent Texas Red Dirt band have announced plans to record a new live album in January, HIGH IN THE ROCKIES. Slated for release in the spring of 2010 (exact date TBA), it will be recorded at four shows in early January in Colorado and Wyoming and marks their first live album since the potent  Live At Billy Bob's Texas in 2003.  Meanwhile, the band is set to make their NYC debut NYC Saturday, November 7 at Highline Ballroom. Says BOLAND: “We plan on going in there with that attitude that Waylon Jennings had when he went to New York--you know, we play country but hey, we can kick ass.”

    Fronted by singer-songwriter-guitarist JASON BOLAND, the band have independently released five studio albums and one live disc, selling over 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, 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.”

    What is inspiring the band to record a live album in the Rockies? “Honestly, the first thought is just to do something different,” says BOLAND.  “This is an area of the country that’s emerging and it’s become part of the band’s grass roots movement.”
    Asked about the song selection, BOLAND says:  “I don’t think we’re going to put any brand new material on the album at this point. We’re going to play stuff like ‘Radio’s Been Misbehaving’ (from 2004’s Somewhere In The Middle album). I think we’re going to go back and grab ‘Backslider Blues.’ That one’s off the first record. And then we’ll be doing Don Williams’ ‘Tulsa Time’ (expected to be the first single) and we’ll do a Merle Haggard’s ‘Rainbow Stew.’ We’ll also do the Tom Russell song ‘Gallo Del Cielo’ which is all about Southern California.”

    Together for a decade, JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS—which features Roger Ray (steel, lead guitar, dobro), Brad Rice (drums), Noah Jeffries (fiddle) and Grant Tracy (bass)—will also shoot a video (a rarity for them) at their January 7 performance at the Steamboat MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, CO.

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