Jason Boland & The Stragglers are a band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Stillwater is a college town that is known for being the center of the red dirt music scene. It's where bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed became popular. JB&S started out around 1998. their sound leans more toward country than the rock & roll of Cross Canadian Ragweed. The newest release from JB&S is called "Comal County Blue" and is one of the fastest rising releases on the charts -- it was number one on itunes right after its release. It is one of the most popular independent releases of 2008. Jason Boland was born in Harrah, Oklahoma. The song on "Comal County Blue, "Sons and Daughters of Dixie", talks about Hurricane Katrina and the flooding in Mississippi and how the government in D.C. failed the people. The song "Bottle By My Bed" is about Jason's love and hate relationship with alcohol. "Comal County Blue" features a guest appearance by Robert Earl Keen and a song cowritten with Cody Canada from Cross Canadian Ragweed. Other release by JB&S include "Pearl Snaps", "The Truckstop Diaries", "The Bourbon Legend" and "Live at Billy Bob's". Lloyd Maines produced "Comal County Blue". Lloyd is the father of Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.
Jason Boland & the Stragglers are an American Red Dirt group featuring Harrah, Oklahoma native Jason Boland (lead vocalist and guitar), Roger Ray (pedal steel, lead/rhythm guitar), Brad Rice (drums and backing vocals), and Grant Tracy (bass). Additional record contributions are made by Noah Jeffries on banjo, mandolin, and guitar.
Jason Boland and Brad Rice are both members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
The Bourbon Legend was released on Bruce Robison's Sustain Records label in late 2006. In 2007, Jason Boland co-produced the album Choices for the band Hazzard. The band's front man, Dana Hazzard, was the original fiddle player for the Stragglers.
In 2008, just before the release of the album Comal County Blue, Boland ruptured a vocal cord. The injury almost caused him to lose his singing voice for good, but after surgery and resting his voice, he recovered.
According to Katie Key, editor of the Texas Music Chart, "Comal County Blue" was the fastest growing single in 2008 from an independent label.