When: Fri., Dec. 30, 9 p.m. 2016
Jason Boland and the Stragglers are a good-time band par excellence. Raised up in the red dirt country traditions of Oklahoma and Texas, Boland has found success writing in a straightforward and relatable way about dejection and redemption, hard luck and glory, love and loss. His songs, carried by the wind-and world-worn wisdom of his voice, situate themselves in the sweet spot between traditional Texas drinking music and wherever Boland’s restless creativity leads him next. He holds his own and, for our money, even shines above some of his contemporaries like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue and Wade Bowen. Maybe it’s because, along with his dedication to earthy yet pop-infused country, Boland sees himself as operating in the great folk tradition of Woody Guthrie. You’ll likely find no better place to see Boland and his Stragglers than the friendly and beery confines of Floore’s.