Jason Boland & the Stragglers are leading lights in the Red Dirt scene, a grassroots movement that mixes honky tonk, outlaw, and contemporary country, and is powered by constant touring. They had become regulars on festival stages not only in the U.S. but also in Europe. When they released 2011’s Dark & Dirty Mile (also co-produced with Jennings), they were selling loads of records internationally. The album was also notable because it included two songs by two of Red Dirt’s prime inspirations: Oklahoma’s Bob Childers (“Blue Diamonds”) and Texas’ Randy Crouch (“They Took It Away”). It was the band’s highest charting album to date on several charts.
By the time the band announced the release of Squelch in August of 2015, they had sold over a million records globally — a staggering achievement for a group whose independent way of doing business strayed far from standard music industry techniques. Co-produced with Jim Ward, Squelch was Jason Boland & Stragglers tenth recording; it was issued in October.