Jason Boland & the Stragglers

Like Cross Canadian Ragweed and then Cody Canada & the Departed, Jason Boland & the Stragglers are one of the principle reasons the genre commonly known as "Texas Music" is perhaps more correctly called "Red Dirt." In other words, the Oklahoma artists' contribution shouldn't be discounted. Although he has since moved to Austin and further endeared himself to Texans with the ballad "Comal County Blue," Boland and his band came out of Stillwater, Oklahoma, in the late '90s and hit Texas like they owned the place. Heavily influenced by George Strait, Boland also has an outlaw streak closer to Kid Rock or the first couple of Shooter Jennings records, and the classic-country bio to back it up. He went back to his red-dirt roots for the Stragglers' last album, 2011's Rancho Alto, which features a tribute to Boland's fellow Oklahoman Woody Guthrie on "Woody's Road."


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