Jason Boland and the Stragglers Announce New Album ‘Squelch’ + Release Date
When "Squelch," the next project from Jason Boland and the Stragglers, releases on Oct. 9, it'll be the eighth studio album from the legendary Red Dirt band in just under 16 years (in addition to two live albums).
That means Boland and the boys are releasing, on average, one entirely new body of work every two years.
It's true, the Stragglers are adding to a massive mountain of a music library at an impressive and steady rate. And we're not looking at the increasingly popular EPs many bands today are experimenting and thriving on. They're putting out full-on, 11-, 12- and 13-track albums filled to the brim with original, traditional country music.
And no, there's anything wrong with EPs. Between instant downloads and YouTube lyric videos, they actually make a lot of sense in 2015. But it's nice to see a band stay true to making music the way they believe it should be.
Country stars all like to sing about back roads, but Jason Boland's Dark & Dirty Mile was one of the few albums that actually sounded like one. Nothing was clean, and there was plenty of wry charm. On "Electric Bill," the frontman and his boo use their worst mail to smoke their favorite herb. On October 9th, he and his band release a follow-up that includes tracks like "I Guess It's Alright to Be an A--hole" and "F--k, Fight and Rodeo." The record itself is called Squelch. Let's hope it lives up to the title. - Nick Murray.
Put a reminder in your phone: "Squelch," hits stores on Friday, Oct. 9.