STILLWATER, Okla. —
“I’ve always thought it was important to keep one foot in tradition and the other pointed in the direction you want to go,” Boland said. “I didn’t invent the G chord, so I’m standing on the shoulders of the giants that did, and on the shoulders of some great songwriters that have come before me. I’m using an old stencil, but adding my own colors.”
He said the t-shirt sellers love the phrase “red dirt” because it’s so simple.
“But it fits. It was coined by the people making the music – rust in the ground, blood in the dirt,” he said. “It’s real and it’s where I come from – and what I refuse to give up, no matter what.”
In his song, “If I ever get back to Oklahoma,” he talks about nailing his feet to the ground but concert touring will take him to the next dancehall down the road. Still, he hopes to renew some memories while he's in town.
“I may grab a Coney Island when I'm there,” Boland said. “It'll be good to see a good 'ole Stillwater crowd.”
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Jason Boland & the Stragglers
WHEN: 8 p.m. doors open with concert at 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tumbleweed Dancehall and Concert Venue, Lakeview and Country Club Road
TICKETS: Purchase $15 general admission tickets at tumbleweedok.com