Somewhere in the Middle

Somewhere in the Middle

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by Jason Boland
     
 
If Jason Boland reminds one of David Allan Coe and Hank Williams, Jr., well, that's probably just fine with him. From the opening tune, he's determined to remind the listener -- as the Outlaws did in the '70s -- that country music ain't what it used to be. Whatever happened, after all, to good old boys

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If Jason Boland reminds one of David Allan Coe and Hank Williams, Jr., well, that's probably just fine with him. From the opening tune, he's determined to remind the listener -- as the Outlaws did in the '70s -- that country music ain't what it used to be. Whatever happened, after all, to good old boys who drank their bourbon straight, who considered fighting a hobby, and who had never heard of feminism? On the good side, this old-fashioned attitude means that Boland plays traditional country music because it's his music, not because he fell in love with it in college like Ryan Adams. He's not afraid, for instance, to use lots of pedal steel or even add fiddle and mandolin. At the same time, Boland -- like Waylon Jennings -- likes electric guitar, and doesn't mind adding a little rock & roll attitude to the mix. There are lots of good songs on Somewhere in the Middle, most written by Boland, and he's a good country singer. The only thing one might complain about is that certain songs -- "Hank" and "When I'm Stoned" -- seem way behind the times, even though that may be the point. Sure, he loves Hank Williams (who doesn't?), but does his woman really love him when he gets stoned? Still, anyone who misses the old rebels like Coe and Jennings will find Somewhere in the Middle the perfect album for honky tonk hopping.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Smith Music Group
UPC:
0662582702224
catalogNumber:
7022
Rank:
195666

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Boland   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar
Riley Osbourne   Hammond Organ
Brad Rice   Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Kathleen O'Keefe   Vocal Harmony
Cody Braun   Vocal Harmony
Doug Moreland   Fiddle
Adam Odor   Accordion
Dennis Ludiker   Fiddle
John Michael Whitby   Piano
Stoney LaRue   Vocal Harmony
Will Dupuy   Acoustic Guitar
Grant Tracy   Bass
Randy Crouch   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle

Technical Credits

Billy Joe Shaver   Composer,Duet
Bob Childers   Composer
Jason Boland   Composer
Adam Odor   Engineer
Randy Crouch   Composer,Duet

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Somewhere in the Middle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Boland has brought back to life the raw and reckless attitude that country music has lost over the years. Check this CD out, it is well worth it.