Jason Boland suffers ruptured vocal chord
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
– Jason Boland and The Stragglers were sidelined after Boland suffered a ruptured vocal chord last week. After visiting his personal physician in Oklahoma City, Okla., Boland was referred to a specialist in Nashville. He was told to stop touring.
Looking to return to the road as soon as he is cleared by the doctor's , the tour is expected to resume in August.
The band's next studio album, "Comal County Blue," is due Aug. 26. The first single and title track from that album entered the Texas Music Chart this week. This is Boland's fifth studio album and his first release on his own label, Proud Souls Entertainment, in conjunction with the Apex Nashville label and Thirty Tigers distribution.
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