Wednesday 21 November 2012 at 8:00pm
The Cotillion Ballroom
11120 West Kellogg, Wichita, 67209, United States
Tel: (316) 722-4201
Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/Pes5jA
Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Wednesday, November 21
w/ Turnpike Troubadors
DOORS - 7pm
SHOW - 8pm
ADVANCE - $15.
DAY OF SHOW - $18.
Tickets available at The Cotillion, 316-722-4201, thecotillion.com and the employee clubs. No service fees for tickets purchased at The Cotillion open 8a-6p Mon- Sat.
All seating is general admission. Table & chair seating around an open floor. Table reservations for groups of 4 or more are available for an additional charge by calling 316-722-4201.
In a recent commercial-country star’s genre-defining song, the act of singing about Jesus, tractors and little towns is portrayed as an unfashionable act that runs counter to the current of societal norms. Rebellion is drinking a cold one, getting a little loud, although it’s never mentioned what the country folk are getting loud about. Country music seems to be an increasingly neutered genre, where nothing at all is said, where a hit song that welcomes a world where a black man could become president was seen as a bridge too far by some. Contrast that discomfort with the bravery of an artist like Merle Haggard producing a song like “Irma Jackson” in the late 1960s. That The Hag is name-checked by so many current country stars as an influence is ironic, given that the bravery exhibited in this one song is greater than the combined bravery of every artist currently on the country chart.
Into this tepid landscape, Jason Boland releases his latest album, Rancho Alto. Even though its songs are not likely to be topping the country charts anytime soon, Jason is adamant that this is country music. “It may fit in with some other types of music, like Americana maybe, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea that country music can be relevant,” says Jason. “And country music is what I play. My fans are George Strait fans. They go to the dancehalls to see shows. I know these people. They are more capable of complex thought than the country music industry thinks they are.”