Jason Boland, Aaron Watson team up for Texas tour
Monday, March 10, 2008
– Texas country acts Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Aaron Watson will join forces for a series of dates in their home state in April and May as the Fiddles, Steels and 18 Wheels Tour.
Both acts have toured heavily throughout Texas. The idea of Fiddles, Steels and 18 Wheels is to "create an event for fans who champion the traditional sound of country," according to Boland's publicist.
Watson is set to release "Angels & Outlaws" on April 1. Boland will play songs from his upcoming CD, "Comal County Blue," slated for release Labor Day weekend.
"I'm excited to work with Lloyd (Maines) again. There is a both a comfort level with Lloyd and an energy level that he captures," said Boland. "The records we have done in the past really reflect that. It's that same core, along with the new songs that has me really excited."
Tour Dates are:
April 10 El Paso- Take 5
April 11 Odessa- Dos Amigos
April 12 Ft. Worth- Billy Bobs
April 16 Huntsville- Jolly Fox
April 17 Spring- Big Texas
April 18 San Angelo- Graham Central Station
April 19 Victoria- Schroeder Hall
April 20 Killeen- Starlight Station
April 25 Austin-Midnight Rodeo
May 1 Denton- Midnight Rodeo
May 2 Amarillo- Midnight Rodeo
May 3 Lubbock- Midnight Rodeo
May 8 Corpus Christi- Brewster St.
May 9 San Antonio-Cowboys
May 10 Stephenville- City Limits
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