WATCH as ’99 Jason Boland & Stoney LaRue Perform at Wormy Dog Saloon
This is great for Straggler fans, and old Wormy Dog Saloon fans. If you haven't seen this 30-minute-long video of a 23-year-old set from Jason Boland & The Stragglers at the famed Wormy Dog in Stillwater, OK., you are about to be very happy.
Like me, most of you immediately picture a person up front with a smartphone recording, but, y'all, we're wrong. Someone had a giant-ass camcorder in the front row on May 1st, 1999 at the Wormy Dog.
The boys kick off the set with "Whiskey River," and close with a skinny-cowboy named Stoney LaRue helping out on "Seven Spanish Angels." They round out the set with "Boys From Oklahoma," and "Folsom Prison Blues," and what would a '99 Straggler show be without "Telephone Romeo"?
Pure gold. Of course a big shoutout to YouTuber Ragan Parkerson for disregarding Boland's warning and getting this video on the internet for us.
"You video taping this? This better not end up on the internet." - Jason Boland
Two decades plus later Jason Boland & The Stragglers have cemented themselves among the best country bands ever assembled. He hasn't changed his style, his delivery, he hasn't even diverted from the central theme of most of his music - but it's always good. Often times it's great. Here's to 20 more years of making great country music, boys.