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Jason Boland to bring blue-collar country to Pagosa on Jan. 13

Jason Boland and the Stragglers are bringing their good-time brand of blue-collar country to the Outlaw Snowdown on Friday, Jan. 13.

Boland and his band will take the stage from 6:30 to 8 p.m. — before Stoney Larue and after D.L. Marble.

Boland, a country purist whose music has more in common with Waylon, Merle and Willie than the artists you hear on the airwaves today, clings to the notion that the fundamental values of the genre are soulful, blue-collar, defiant, truthful and real.

The band is touring in support of “Rancho Alto,” released on Oct. 4 through Boland’s Proud Souls Entertainment and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen). “Rancho Alto” features 11 new songs, eight written or co-written by Boland.

Formed in 1998, Jason Boland and The Stragglers built a name for themselves through five studio albums, two live albums and most notably, their amazing sold out live shows. To date they have sold over 500,000 albums independently. Their 2008 release, “Comal County Blue” was one of 2008’s most successful independent country releases, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard National Heatseekers chart, No. 30 on Billboard Country Albums, No. 1 on iTunes country albums, as well as their first debut on the Billboard Top 200.

With one foot firmly in the past and the other in the present, Jason Boland and the Stragglers make music for people who miss real country music and for people who just love great music.

Jason Boland and the Stragglers are one of nine bands playing the Outlaw Snowdown music festival in Town Park over Martin Luther King Day weekend.

To purchase tickets for the show, visit www.outlawdsnowdown.com. Additionally, three-day passes can be purchased at Kip’s Grill and Cantina at 121 Pagosa St.

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