Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Texas rockers take on The Mint

Boland and the Stragglers play on experience

Express Staff Writer

Jason Boland and the Stragglers will play The Mint in Hailey on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Austin rock 'n' rollers Jason Boland and the Stragglers will perform their distinct country rock brand of music Saturday at The Mint in Hailey. Boland's new release, "Comal County Blue," reveals his experiences as an Oklahoma native and his struggles with alcohol.

Boland is a singer and songwriter who has collaborated with musicians such as Robert Earl Keen. In addition, the Stragglers showcase their own talents with fiddle and mandolin player Noah Jeffries, Brad Rice on drums, Grant Tracy on bass and Roger Ray on guitar, pedal steel and dobro.

Boland and the Stragglers' music is not typical country and he doesn't really like to classify his music.

"The Chinese don't call it Chinese food, its just food," Boland said. "I'm just making music."

Boland said "Comal County Blue" is about drinking, being sober, replacing vices with other vices, divorce, being silenced and working hard. "Comal County Blue" 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.

Tickets for Jason Boland and the Stragglers are $10 at the door. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and doors open at 8 p.m. Music will start at 9 p.m. with a surprise opening act.

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