Boland thinks "Hard Times Are Relative"
Monday, March 12, 2018
– Jason Boland & The Stragglers release their ninth studio album, "Hard Times Are Relative," on May 18 via Thirty Tigers.
The theme running throughout much of the album focuses on a complicated relationship with the past and accepting the inevitability of change. The disc was recorded live to tape, a trademark of the band, and co-produced by The Stragglers, David Percefull and Adam Odor.
The band includes Grant Tracy (bass), Brad Rice (drums and background vocals) and Nick Worley (fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies).
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