October 31st, 2006 will mark two milestones for Jason Boland and the Stragglers. One dates back eight years to their first performance as a band. The other will mark the release of their highly anticipated new record The Bourbon Legend. Two years removed from Jason's last record, 2004's Somewhere In The Middle, this new chapter in his story is decidedly the best representation of how much he and his band have matured musically.
Boland and the Stragglers' newest contribution to country music arrives at a time when memories of the Outlaw' movement have all but faded from the conscience of country music. With songs like, "No One left To Blame," and "Up And Gone" this talented group of musicians has delivered a timely wake up call to those who have turned a blind eye to the ghosts of music past. The Bourbon Legend stems from a mixture of musical influences culminating in a truly modern (yet sternly vintage) country record. Each song on the record shares a common bond with its classical counterpart and proves to be a re-generation of the outlaw country of old.
Boland hales from Harrah, Oklahoma and carries with him the reputation of being a modern day country music outlaw. Both he and his band have been leaders in the Texas and Oklahoma music scene for several years generating such hits as, "Mexico Or Crazy,"
"Somewhere Down In Texas," and "Pearl Snaps." Boland, backed by his band of stellar musicians: Roger Ray (pedal steel, lead/rhythm guitar), Brad Rice (drums/backing vocals), Grant Tracy (bass), and Noah Jeffries (banjo, mandolin, and guitar) have sold over 100,000 records since 1999.
The Bourbon Legend is Boland's first record with Sustain Records, an independent Texas-based record company distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution.