Jason Boland & The Stragglers

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Jason Boland & The Stragglers
OriginStillwater, Oklahoma
GenresRed Dirt/Texas Country
Years active1998 (1998)–present
LabelsProud Souls Entertainment
Associated actsCross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Bob Childers, The Departed (band), Turnpike Troubadours
Websitewww.thestragglers.com
Members
  • Jason Boland
  • Brad Rice
  • Grant Tracy
  • Nick Worley
Past members
  • Roger Dale Ray
  • Dana Hazzard
  • Jeremy Watkins
  • Noah Jeffries
  • Cody Angel

Jason Boland & The Stragglers is an American Red Dirt/Texas Country band featuring Harrah, Oklahoma, native Jason Boland (lead vocalist and guitar), Brad Rice (percussion), Grant Tracy (bass), and Nick Worley (fiddle and mandolin).

Career[edit]

Jason Boland and Brad Rice are both members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, having met in Stillwater, Oklahoma, while attending Oklahoma State University.[1] Grant Tracy has a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Arkansas Valley Tech Institute. Boland formed a band in 1998, releasing their first album, Pearl Snaps, in 1999. Boland and The Stragglers became one of the most successful artists in the Red Dirt/Texas Country scene. Studio albums Truckstop Diaries and Somewhere in the Middle followed in 2001 and 2004, respectively; a concert at Fort Worth, Texas, dancehall Billy Bob's Texas was recorded for Live and Lit at Billy Bob's Texas in 2002.

The Bourbon Legend was released on Bruce Robison's Sustain Records label in late 2006. It was produced by longtime Dwight Yoakam collaborator Pete Anderson.

In 2007, Jason Boland co-produced the album Choices for the band Hazzard. The band's front man, Dana Hazzard, was the original fiddle player for the Stragglers.

In 2008, just before the release of the album Comal County Blue, Boland ruptured a vocal cord. The injury almost caused him to lose his singing voice for good, but after surgery and resting his voice, he recovered.[2]

According to Katie Key, editor of the Texas Music Chart, "Comal County Blue" was the fastest growing single in 2008 from an independent label.[3] On April 20, 2010, the band released their second live album, entitled High in the Rockies: A Live Album. The recordings come from four live concerts over four days from January 7, 2010 to January 10, 2010. The shows were performed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Ft. Collins, Colorado, Laramie, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado, respectively.[4]

The band released Dark & Dirty Mile on May 14, 2013. Shooter Jennings (son of country music artist Waylon Jennings) co-produced the album with the band.[5] The title track was a top-five single on the Texas Music chart in May 2013.[5][6]

Longtime guitarist Roger Ray announced in December, 2014 that he would be leaving The Stragglers for family and personal reasons. He has been succeeded by Cody Angel. Their album Squelch, released in 2015 had its best debut on the Top Country Albums chart where it reached No. 11, selling 4,200 for the week.[7]

The band is currently based in Austin, Texas.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[8]
US
[9]
US
Heat

[10]
US
Indie

[11]
Pearl Snaps
  • Release date: October 16, 1999
  • Label: Smith Music Group
Truckstop Diaries
  • Release date: August 7, 2001
  • Label: Tenkiller Records
Somewhere in the Middle
  • Release date: September 21, 2004
  • Label: Smith Music Group
65
The Bourbon Legend
  • Release date: October 31, 2006
  • label: Sustain Records
67
Comal County Blue
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
30 160 2 19
Rancho Alto
  • Release date: October 4, 2011
  • Label: Thirty Tigers/Proud Souls
26 130 3 21
Dark & Dirty Mile
  • Release date: May 14, 2013
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
25 89 18
Squelch
  • Release date: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
11 136 12
Hard Times are Relative
  • Release Date: May 18, 2018
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[8]
US
[9]
US
Heat

[10]
US
Indie

[11]
Live and Lit at Billy Bob's Texas
  • Release date: October 29, 2002
  • Label: Smith Music Group
High in the Rockies: A Live Album
  • Release date: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
27 136 3 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Tulsa Time" Jeff Horny

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You Just Have to Listen". Archived from the original on May 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Boland suffers ruptured vocal chord".
  3. ^ "Texas Music Chart News". Archived from the original on 2010-03-23.
  4. ^ "High In The Rockies record due out soon".
  5. ^ a b Goodspeed, John, "Jason Boland at County Line", My San Antonio, retrieved 2013-05-30
  6. ^ a b Tarradell, Mario (11 April 2013), "Spotlight on Texas Artists: Jason Boland & the Stragglers keep it honky-tonk country even when it isn't cool", Dallasnews.com, retrieved May 30, 2013
  7. ^ "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: October 19, 2015". Roughstock. October 19, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Jason Boland Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Jason Boland Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Jason Boland Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Jason Boland Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2010.

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