Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Country Fever

The problems of the past seem to be haunting Jason Boland much less these days as i heard him describe how he deals with having to give up drinking and how when he was drinking everyone around him was an enabler. Now that he is not drinking the people have become enablers in the process of him staying sober. Jason and the Stragglers came out after Reckless Kelly to a sun that was beginning to set and the temperature was becoming comfortable. The Stragglers consist of drummer Brad Rice, fiddler Noah Jeffries, Grant tracy on Bass and Roger Ray on pedal steel, dobro and guitar. One of the members of the musical fraternity known as "The farm" and living in the famed "yellow House" that was kind of a wayward home housing fellow Oklahoma musicians like Stoney LaRue and Cody Canada. Jason Boland was drawn to music by other Oklahoma red dirt pioneers like Bob Childers and the Red Dirt Rangers. After dealing with surgury to remove a blood polyp from his vocal chords, Jason had to work through vocal therapy to be able to sing, and now he has learned to sing the correct way and his voice is sounding much better. Noah Jeffries is one of the best and most musically adventurous fiddelers around and Roger Ray is absolutely amazing in his ability to make a steel guitar moan like the masters of years past. I am looking forward to seeing Jason perform again soon at Joe's bar in Chicago and i encourage anyone who is a fan of good straight forward real country music to see them live.

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