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Editors’ Notes

Boland’s sixth studio album is as twangy as his first, showing no sign of needing to gloss things over. “Down Here in the Hole” kickstarts Rancho Alto with fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, and that honest-to-goodness Red Dirt Texas drawl crooning a gripping story about a miner trapped in a cave-in. The ballad “Every Moment I’m Gone” is gorgeously trimmed in traditional tones like weepy pedal steel and parlor piano. Here Boland sings the kind of slow-burning honky-tonker that would sound right at home in a roadhouse dive with sawdust and peanut shells scattered on the floor. Hints of bygone Bakersfield backbeat propels “False Accuser's Lament” as Boland sings an engaging narrative about American justice gone wrong. A closing cover of Greg Jacobs’ “Farmer’s Luck” reveals Boland’s appreciation for blue-collar ethos.

Customer Reviews

Best album YET!

This one is closer to Don Williams, Slaid Cleaves, or Ryan Adams than it is to Waylon Jennings, Kevin Fowler, or Pat Green. This is a mature Jason Boland. A songwriter with a message. This is not another Texas Country party record. It is also not another record full of Red Dirt covers (although there is an excellent version of Greg Jacob's, "Farmer's Luck" as well as the usual Bob Childers cover). Again. this is a record for grown ups. It is an album meant to be listened to like an album, and it should be purchased as an album. Songs like "Pushing Luck" & "Down Here In the Hole" demand to be listened to over and over - as if there are hidden messages somewhere between the plot complications and double meanings. "False Accuser's Lament" pays pure country tradition to "Long Black Veil" - with a twist. And, my favorite, "Mary Ellen's Greenhouse" not only reminds us that we don't grow without help - it is a message of faith. "The present is a gift and if we lift it up somehow I know we'll all heal. Let the music take your prayers toward the sky, let 'em fly towards somethin real." I have followed JB&S from the very beginning and I hope you love this album as much as I do.

Nashville should stop and listen....

With the all the pop trash coming out of Nashville, JBS is the heart and soul of country music! This album is worth every penny!!! BUY it! Support JBS!

Can't stop listening to it

This album is right as rain.


Genre: Country

Jason Boland & the Stragglers are leading lights in the Red Dirt scene, a grassroots movement that mixes honky tonk, outlaw, and contemporary country, and is powered by constant touring. The Red Dirt sound has two homes, Texas and Oklahoma, and Boland and his band hail from the latter. They moved to the former to make their fortune. The "Red Dirt" categorization may seem a good fit for the media and fans, but the band has insisted from the outset that they're a honky tonk outfit straight out of the...
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Rancho Alto, Jason Boland & The Stragglers
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 04, 2011

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