Monday, September 28, 2009

Jason Boland & The Stragglers @ Joe's

Real country music was in the house on Friday with Jason Boland & The Stragglers headlining a show opened by No Justice and Charlie Robison. After having a show scheduled earlier in the year that did not work out they came back and unbridled the hell ponies this time. Jason & The Stragglers were happy to be back at Joe's and were complimented by a very rowdy and beer fueled group of fans. People were two stepping around the outside of the of the crowd and later they were dancing in the middle of the floor too. The Stragglers, Jason's band consists of Grant Tracy on bass, Brad Rice on drums, Noah Jeffries on fiddle and mandolin and Roger Ray on Pedal steel and dobro as well as electric guitar. Every song from "Pearl snaps" to "Comal County Blue" was played along with a cover of the song "Tulsa Time" written by Danny Flowers, guitar player for fellow Oklahoman Don Williams who along with Eric Clapton's version made the song famous. Jason Boland & The Stragglers paid tribute to Don Williams at Cains Ballroom in Tulsa the night before along with a stellar line up of Texas and Oklahoma musicians and bands. Jason is going to release a live record in 2010 that Will be recorded at various locations around the mountainous west like the Musicfest in Steamboat Colorado and Laramie Wyoming was also mentioned. The title of the live record is still be decided upon with some wanting it to be called "High in the Rockies" or "Live from the Rockies" either way it will be a great document of how the bands sound has evolved since the "Live at Billy Bob's" record came out. Jason and the band hung out with the crowd after the show signing every last autograph asked of him even after playing a two hour show and having to be on their way to the Flatland Jam in Altamont Illinois afterwards. Click on the title to this post to view more photos from the show.

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