Jason Boland & The Stragglers

The Historic Grants Lounge at Grant's Lounge

Macon, GA

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For the past 20 years, Jason Boland & the Stragglers have dazzled audiences all over as one ofthe leading ambassadors of the Oklahoma and Texas music movement. Millions of fanscheering him on, over 500,000 records sold independently and 10 albums later, Boland is acareer musician whose legacy continues to grow. From his early days touring in cramped vansand playing in front of tiny bar crowds to the packed venues he performs in today, Boland’suncompromising approach has grown his profile dramatically, especially in the past handful ofyears. Add to that the legions of musicians who are influenced by Boland, and his impact onthe scene is undeniable.But just like so many other musicians, Boland was initially paralyzed by the pandemic. At theonset of the March 2020 lockdown, Boland was stuck at home for the longest period of hisstoried career without performing live.Earlier this year, Boland released a cover of both Steve Winwood’s “Back In The High LifeAgain'' and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They-Are-A-Changin’” with the proceeds going to charity.Radio programmers around the country began spinning Back in the High Life Again, and thesong spent 11 weeks in the Top 40 Americana Singles Chart.Prior to the pandemic, Boland was hard at work on his most ambitious project yet. Thegroundwork he laid in 2019 saw the singer-songwriter roll through songs that would be a boldstep forward. Strumming through the material with the Stragglers at a rehearsal in Colorado,Boland knew he had something big. However, that session took place a day before thelockdown and put the kibosh on the project for a year.In early 2021, the time felt right to get the project rolling again. At a time when pandemicalbums are popping up left and right, Boland zigged when everyone else zagged. Titled TheLight Saw Me, the acclaimed singer-songwriter decided to go deeper than he’s ever gonebefore to create a multi-layered sci-fi concept album. Once again teaming up with his frequentco-conspirator, Grammy-winning producer Shooter Jennings, Boland hunkered down in a LosAngeles-area studio to bring The Light Saw Me to life.“Jason is one of my dearest friends and, in my opinion, one of the smartest and coolest dudes Iknow. He was the first person to ask me to produce their record and many years ago we had agreat time making Dark and Dirty Mile. So it was natural for me to be more than excited to beasked to produce The Light Saw Me.” says producer Shooter Jennings, “This album isn’t justanother album from Jason & The Stragglers. It’s a magnum opus of the highest creative order,which in turn I take as a very serious honor to be able to be a part of its inception.”The result? The Light Saw Me is as incisive and thought-provoking as any of his previousalbums and shows Boland belongs alongside the great songwriters of his time. Drawing frominfluences as wide as Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger and Tougher Than Leather toQueensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime, Boland succeeded by creating a concept album that’sas ambitious as it is accessible. On the surface, The Light Saw Me traces a cowboy living inTexas in the 1890s who is abducted by aliens and ends up in Texas in the 1990s, but there’sway more to it.Packed into three distinctive interlocking parts, The Light Saw Me is layered with vivid imagerythat touches on old legends (such as a spacecraft allegedly crashing in Aurora, Texas whichthematically fits), conspiracies and other accounts that run contrary to reality. Referencingaliens can oftentimes be campy and corny, but Boland uses them in a fascinating fashion. Onthe mesmerizing album opener “Terrifying Nature,” a brooding rambler featuring red hot fiddlesthat encapsulates the spirit of The Light Saw Me, Boland tackles how people come to gripswith existential fear of how they’re connected to the feeling of love. It also sets up everythingthat’s to come.Hidden behind the grandeur of the storyline, the message that Boland aims to share is auniversal one: Everyone and everything is connected by love. In classic Boland fashion, TheLight Saw Me tackles stories and themes that are integral to his writing beyond his world-classuse of metaphors, like who we are, where we’re going, and whether love is something thatpeople feel internally or just connected to consciousness and humans’ fear of their ownmortality. On the title track, Boland is in total command. The lyrics illuminate all of thepossibilities that led up to that moment and the sizzling track showcases his depth as asongwriter. Boland adeptly weaves in and out of the narratives, even if you don’t realize it. Themain character tries to plead his case through evocative imagery from the Bible, astrology, andmythology; but in truth, Boland put these metaphors together to serve up a story that looks atthe big picture in life.Boland has long been an admirer of the late, great singer-songwriter Bob Childers, who servedas a mentor to him. It’s fitting that on an album with great depth, that Boland would includeChilders’ signature “Restless Spirits,” to serve as a de facto climax of the album. Tying thealbum together thematically, Boland uses “Restless Spirits” as a vehicle to showcase that weshould have hope that love is a bond that is real, eternal, and still alive in the world andbeyond.While the music remains true to the roots of Boland and the Stragglers’ Red Dirt background,it’s as tight as anything he’s ever done. On top of the message and intricate instrumentation,the bold storyline will please longtime fans and undoubtedly serve as a gateway album to therest of his massive discography.For most of his career, the only thing you could expect from Boland is to do the unexpected.On what’s now his 10th studio album, he not only does that, but he did it in his own organicand authentic way. He’s making the music he wants while continuing to please the people whowant to hear where his artistic journey takes him next. With a catalog like his, that’s no easyfeat

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560 Poplar St, Macon, GA, 31201

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Jason Boland & The Stragglers