When you’re done trying to push and sell pretty boys and over-produced albums, do everyone a favor and expose your fans to music like what is found on Dark & Dirty Mile. Jason Boland and the Stragglers are so country, if you were to cut them, they’d bleed whiskey, grits, and warm sunny afternoons out in the backyard with a pretty girl. Never has fiddle playing made this reviewer so proud to be an American; it carries a double ONK for HONKY and TONK.
Encompassing the best of people like Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys playing-wise and the vocal skills of the great Keith Whitley, Dark & Dirty Mile is a record meant for people who still walk into their local Wal-Mart and pay their hard earned money for an album. This is not music to just be downloaded. These are songs that are meant to be played.
Dark & Dirty Mile is out now on Proud Souls/Thirty Tigers.