If you’re a fan of old-school outlaw country music and haven’t yet discovered Jason Boland & The Stragglers, then shame on you. The terrific “Squelch” is the band’s eight studio effort in an under-the-radar career that’ spanned the better part of two decades.
“We’re just trying to make something that we’re proud of. If any more people want to take notice of it, they’re welcome,” Boland says. “We pay homage, but we don’t want to copy or be a throwback act. All you can do is try to take the music that inspires you and take it further. And make it personal.”
Boland & The Stragglers come firing out of the gate with “Break 19,” a terrific honky-tonk tune that could have appeared on a Waylon Jennings album in the early 1970s. The guys also deliver the goods on the hard-driving “I Guess It’s Alright,” “Lose Early,” “Do You Love Me Any Less,” “Christmas in Huntsville” and “Bienville.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)