Jason Boland & The Stragglers"Back In The High Life Again"
For the past 20 years, Jason Boland & the Stragglers have dazzled audiences all over as one of the best ambassadors of the Red Dirt and Texas country movement. Millions of fans cheering him on, over 500,000 records sold independently and 10 albums later, Boland is a career musician whose legacy continues to grow by the day. Add to that the legions of musicians who are influenced by Boland, his impact on the scene is undeniable. But, just like so many other musicians, Boland was initially paralyzed by the pandemic. At the onset of the March 2020 lockdown, Boland was stuck at home like so many others, which was the longest period of his storied career without performing live. So what did he do? Create. Sitting at home with his wife during those early days, whenever the two would talk about things returning to normal, Boland would start singing Steve Winwood’s “Back in High Life Again.” Soon enough, he grabbed a ukulele, started playing chords and thus, his own version born. Hunkering down at Yellow Dog Studios in nearby Wimberley, Texas with producer/engineer Dave Percefull, Boland cut a spirited cover of Winwood’s 1986 pop rock anthem. In typical Boland fashion, he’s not thinking of himself, but others. A portion of the proceeds from the EP will benefit the Red Dirt Relief Fund, which helps support gig workers and musicians who have been impacted by the pandemic. Boland & the Stragglers are out on the road, playing their first formal shows in over a year (after performing drive-in and outdoor shows in 2020) as part of the Back in the High Life Again Tour. A new album, produced by longtime collaborator Shooter Jennings, is on the way and will showcase a side of Boland never before seen. Add to that a proper U.S. tour, it’s easy to see why Boland will be back in the high life again sooner than later.
Tour Dates MAY 25 - Main Street Crossing - Tomball, TX MAY 26 - Main Street Crossing - Tomball, TX MAY 28 - River Road Ice House - New Braunfels, TX MAY 29 - Young County Arena - Graham, TX JUN 3 - The Wave Outdoor - Wichita, KS JUN 4 - Knuckleheads Saloon - Kansas City, MO JUN 5 - First Avenue Club - Iowa City, IA JUN 11 - Silver Saloon - Terrell, TX JUN 12 - The Station on 290 - Harper, TX JUN 18 - Paramount Theatre - Austin, TX JUN 19 - Banita Creek Hall - Nacogdoches, TX JUN 25 - Rowdy’s Dance Hall – Spring, TX JUN 26 - John T. Floore Country Store - Helotes, TX JUL 2 - 2920 Roadhouse - Hockley, TX JUL 3 - Volunteers of America Classic(LPGA) - The Colony, TX JUL 4 - Xtreme Amphitheatre - Eufaula, OK JUL 9 - Central Station - Dodge City, KS JUL 10 - Deer Trail Rodeo - Deer Trail, CO JUL 16 - Cavalcade - Pawhuska, OK JUL 17 - Stephens County Fair Grounds - Duncan, OK JUL 22 - Great Northern - Whitefish, MT JUL 23 - Big Sky PBR - Big Sky, MT JUL 25 - Pub Station - Billings, MT JUL 28 - Soundwell - Salt Lake City, UT JUL 29 - Warehouse 25 Sixty Five - Grand Junction, CO JUL 30 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO AUG 6 - Frio Grill - Cypress, TX AUG 28 - Kansas Crossing Casino - Pittsburg, KS SEP 10 - Sundance - Fort Collins, CO SEP 11 - Big River Ruckus Festival - Great Falls, MT SEP 17 - Washington County Fairgrounds - Brenham, TX SEP 18 - Born and Raised Festival - Pryor, OK SEP 24 - The Ector Theatre - Odessa, TX SEP 25 - Texas Bison Festival - Quitaque, TX