Somewhere, buried inside this Lulu-wearin' bleeding heart libby that now lives in Logan Circle, there is a 19-year-old redneck with a bunch of tattoos and short-bed Dodge Ram with a hemi engine in it that will never get over Jason Boland's "Up and Gone":
Do something even if it's wrong//A king and queen for an afternoon beats a lifetime as a pawn. - Jason Boland
Since his debut Pearl Snaps in 1999, Boland has been turning out red dirt songwriting in a Waylon-esque baritone—backed always by a truly superior fiddle—that would make most cowboys weep. Like another singer-songwriter named Jason, Boland got sober (in 2005) and upped his storytelling game: 2006's Bourbon Legend and 2008's Comal County Blue are sterling. His last two efforts, Rancho Alto and Dark & Dirty Mile are challenging and ambitious. This guy is the real deal.
And on Oct. 7, he's back, with an album called Squelch! This sounds gross and awesome. Look for 11 new tracks, including a rocker called "I Guess It's Alright," the honkytonker "Break 19," Boland-style Americana in "Heartland Bypass" and of course, a ballad or two, namely, "Do You Love Me Any Less."
Add that to a variety of awesome releases hitting the streets this fall—the new Turnpike Troubadours and Lucero on Sept. 18 come to mind. I'll leave you with one of my favorite old Boland jams: