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Jason Boland keeps it live

Thursday, March 18, 2010 – Jason Boland and the Stragglers, who come country and rock, will release a live disc, "High in the Rockies: A Live Album" on April 20.

The 80-minute, proudly overdub-free disc was recorded during 4 consecutive shows in Colorado and Wyoming in January. This is the Texas Red Dirt band's second live album and singer-songwriter-guitarist Boland's second release on his own label, Proud Souls Entertainment, in conjunction with the Apex Nashville label and Thirty Tigers distribution.

The band consists of Roger Ray on steel, lead guitar and Dobro; fiddler Noah Jeffries; bassist Grant Tracy and drummer Brad Rice. The first single is Tulsa Time.

"It was time for a live album and also to get a photograph of the five of us now," Boland said. "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."

"We got over being young and the entrapment of limitations on your instrument, vocals, writing--and the entrapments of life, love, chemicals." Boland said. "I've reached the point where I don't over-think it and simply do the music honestly. I don't care about fame or the pop culture machine - you'll never see us on 'Nashville Star' or 'American Idol.' We look to the populist grassroots, we're not in it for fame and cash. Seriously, it's all about living free."

Tour dates are:
Thursday March 18 Commerce, TX Drunken Mule Saloon
Friday March 19 Memphis, TN Newby's
Saturday March 20 Idabel, OK Phil's Big Rock Saloon
Monday March 22 * San Marcos, TX Cheatham Street Warehouse
Thursday March 25 Lincoln, NE Uncle Ron's
Friday March 26 Altamont, IL Luke's Bar and Grill
Saturday March 27 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
Thursday April 8 Corpus Christi, TX Brewster Street Icehouse
Friday April 9 Old Town Spring, TX Texas Crawfish Festival
Saturday April 10 Poteet, TX Poteet Strawberry Festival
Thursday April 15 Oklahoma City, OK Wormy Dog Saloon
Friday April 16 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
Saturday April 17 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob's Texas
Tuesday April 20 Fort Smith, AR The Rib Room
Wednesday April 21 Stephenville, TX Larry Joe Taylor's Texas Music Festival
Thursday April 22 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule
Friday April 23 Lake Conroe, TX County Line BBQ
Saturday April 24 Austin, TX Lone Star State Jam - Waterloo Park
Sunday April 25 Waco, TX Hog Creek Ice House
Wednesday April 28 San Antonio, TX County Line BBQ
Friday April 30 College Station, TX Hurricane Harry's
Saturday May 1 Port O'Connor, TX Port O'Connor Community Center
Thursday May 6 Longview, TX The Levee
Friday May 7 Dallas, TX Gilley's
Saturday May 8 Richmond, TX Haute Time In Texas Festival
Thursday May 13 Kearney, NE Shooters
Saturday May 15 North Platte, NE Shooters - North Platte
Wednesday May 19 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
Thursday May 20 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
Saturday May 22 Altamont, IL Effingham County Fairgrounds
Wednesday May 26 The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe
Saturday May 29 Harker Heights, TX Carl Levin Park
Friday June 18 San Antonio, TX Cowboy's Dancehall
Saturday June 26 Mesquite, TX Resistol Arena
Saturday July 3 Canadian, TX Jones Pavilion
Friday July 16 Pawhuska, OK Cavalcade Rodeo
Saturday July 24 Woodward, OK Woodward Elks Rodeo
Thursday July 29 Grapevine, TX Glass Cactus
Friday July 30 Houston, TX Firehouse Saloon
Saturday Aug. 7 Bastrop, TX Bastrop Homecoming
Friday Aug. 27 Miami, OK Buffalo Run Casino
Saturday Aug. 28 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic Lounge
Sunday Aug. 29 Clinton, AR Bar of Ranch
Saturday Sept. 4 Lampe, MO Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Saturday Oct. 9 Floresville, TX Floresville Peanut Festival
Saturday Oct. 16 Kyle, TX Kyle Fair and Music Festival * Jason Solo Acoustic Show

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Squelch CD review - Squelch
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Dark Dirty Mile CD review - Dark Dirty Mile
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High in the Rockies: A Live Album CD review - High in the Rockies: A Live Album
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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