Texas country group Jason Boland and the Stragglers have been a familiar part of the touring circuit in their home state for the past decade.
Their blunt lyrical storytelling, which has touched on everything from life on the road to lost love, has earned the group a big fanbase in the Red Dirt scene over the years.
The Stragglers’ upcoming album, Squelch, is set for release Oct. 9 and was recorded completely on analog tape. This old-school method gives tracks like “Holy Relic Sale”, an authentically retro vibe. The new single is an intimate and incredibly poetic track that was inspired by Boland’s wife and a moment that stood out during a seemingly normal morning.
“One day, my wife and I were rushing like crazy, trying to get ready because we had important things happening on this particular day,” Boland explained to Rolling Stone Country. “She has these lucky blue socks she was going to wear, to make sure all went well. You know, a little extra luck, if you will. Well, we had this amazing day and everything went so well. We were just in the best spirits. When we got home and changed, she realized that, in our haste, she put on the wrong socks. We laughed because everything worked out anyway. It all happened naturally.”
Click below to hear Jason Boland and the Stragglers’ sweeping new track, “Holy Relic Sale”.