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Throwback Thursday: Jason Boland Edition

Today's Throwback Thursday goes with our week-long theme of Texas and Red Dirt music. I wish I could say I have been a fan of this music my entire life. However, that is simply not the case.

Reality is, I was not introduced to this incredible genre of music until my freshman year of college. It was during that year, at a college house on the corner of Downing and Water Street, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma that I was introduced to the music of Jason Boland. This frat house would blast his music every time there was a party. Everyone there would sing at the top of their lungs and I did not know a single lyric. So, I began to research this band. Since this was before iTunes, Spotify, etc., research meant finding people who had his CD or heading to Walmart to purchase one. I instantly fell in love with the stories, Boland's delivery, and knew this was something I could really enjoy.

Before long, I was right there with the others singing as loud as I could when a Boland song came on. A couple years later, I finally got the opportunity to see Boland live. My sorority sisters and I loaded up in my tiny Hyundai Accent and headed to this little bar on the Illinois River, not far from the University to see him play. While the atmosphere was unique (there were a couple random dogs just roaming around), Boland put on one hell of a show. I was officially hooked.

From Boland, I learned about Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Randy Rogers Band, and many more Texas / Red Dirt musicians. They say college is about the experiences and that is absolutely true. Without college, I would not have been introduced to this music. The music that tells stories unlike any other, the music that makes you feel something, and the music that creates memories that will last a lifetime. So, thank you Jason Boland for introducing me to this genre. - Trina

Here are the first five songs from Jason Boland that I was introduced to. They are still some of my very favorites to this day.

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