Country torchbearers Jason Boland & The Stragglers have announced the October 7th release of Squelch, their eighth studio album, on Proud Souls/Thirty Tigers. Squelch features the brand of true, no-frills country music Jason Boland has built a sterling reputation on as one of the genre’s genuine ambassadors. As an honest, intelligent, thought-provoking lyricist, Jason Boland has always pushed the boundaries of what country music could, and should be, while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity. At a time when the need for depth in country music is finally being acknowledged, and accepted, with the rise of a handful of quality newer artists, we should look to Jason Boland as an artist who has been an unwavering beacon of authenticity for over a decade.
Squelch contains 11 new songs, featuring Boland’s soulful baritone, and the impeccable musicianship of The Stragglers - Cody Angel (guitars/pedal steel), Nick Worley (fiddle), Grant Tracy (bass) and Brad Rice (drums). Squelch features an infusion of hard-edged rock via “I Guess It’s Alright”, swinging honky tonk on “Break 19”, driving Americana on “Heartland Bypass” and heartfelt country ballads, such as the beautiful “Do You Love Me Any Less”.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers have been selling out major venues throughout the Southeast, Southwest, Colorado and beyond, while going on to sell over 600,000 albums independently. Their reputation has never been confined by geography, as the band has received high praise from a wide range of press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Garden & Gun, Country Weekly, Blurt, American Songwriter, Billboard and more.
Now that the void for smart, substantive country music is finally beginning to be populated, those who have been yearning for it have been heard. However, with Squelch, Jason Boland & The Stragglers remind us that it was out there all along, we just needed to look a little harder.