by Robert Bell
JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS
8 p.m. Revolution. $12 adv., $15 day of.
Fans of Red Dirt country have it pretty good here in Central Arkansas. Situated on I-40, Little Rock is a natural stop for the constantly touring bands — mostly from Texas and Oklahoma — that make up the scene.
Harrah, Okla., native Jason Boland is one of the more popular Red Dirt artists, on the strength of years and years of serious road-doggin' and zillions of shows. Back in aught-eight, he had a vocal cord injury that was a serious bummer, requiring him to rest up and to take it easy for a minute. That was right around the time that his album "Comal County Blue" and its single of the same name were proving very popular. It's a good tune for sure. Boland's live album "High in the Rockies: A Live Album" cracked the top 30 of the U.S. country charts.
The latest from Boland and Co., "Dark & Dirty Mile," was co-produced by Shooter Jennings and was released in May, hitting No. 25 on the country charts and No. 18 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart. The title track was co-written with fellow traveler Stoney LaRue.
Also on this bill: Hell-raisin' upstarts The Dirty River Boys.