Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Jason Boland & the Stragglers is a country music quintet formed in 1998 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that performs Red Dirt/Texas country music. Their music is a more traditional in nature than that of their Red Dirt peers, such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Bob Childers and others. <br />
The Stragglers are Harrah, Oklahoma native Jason Boland (lead vocalist, guitar), Roger Ray (pedal steel, lead/rhythm guitar), Brad Rice (drums/backing vocals), and Grant Tracy (bass). Additional record contributions goes to Noah Jeffries on banjo, mandolin, and guitar.
Jason Boland is also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
The Bourbon Legend was released on Bruce Robison’s Sustain Records label in late 2006. In 2007 Jason Boland co-produced the album Choices for the band Hazzard. The band’s front man, Dana Hazzard, was the original fiddle player for the Stragglers.
In 2008, just before the release of the album, Comal County Blue, Boland ruptured a vocal chord. The injury almost caused him to lose his singing voice for good, but after surgery and resting his voice, he prevailed.
According to Katie Key, editor of the Texas Music Chart, “Comal County Blue” is the fastest growing single in 2008 from an independent label.