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Leftover Turkey show Friday brings Oklahoma-native bands home for holiday

November 28, 2013


Nov. 28--After the turkey is picked clean, the dishes piled high in the sink and the cousins have settled down for a nap, maybe it's time for a little escape.

And Jason Boland wants to help.

Boland is again playing with his band The Stragglers and the Turnpike Troubadours at Cain's Ballroom for the eighth annual Leftover Turkey show Friday.

"It's one of those things where you're always glad when they get to be an actual annual event," Boland said in a recent phone interview. "We're glad it's still going and glad it's at one of our favorite places on Earth."

Doors open at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are sold out.

Boland said he and the band, formed in Stillwater in 1999, look forward to this yearly show at Cain's after Thanksgiving. Their Red Dirt/Texas country music just sounds a bit sweeter after a day of eating and family.

"It makes for a different spirit," Boland said about playing with and for family and friends.

"I used to go watch shows around Thanksgiving, and same thing -- you go home and have some good food and see all your family at once. And then everybody drifts off into nap time, and then they disperse. It's a great time to see some live music."

Fans of Boland and the Stragglers will have some new music to take in at this year's Thanksgiving show. The band released its seventh studio album in May.

The album, "Dark & Dirty Mile," had some help from Shooter Jennings, and a computer didn't touch the music until it was all done.

"We recorded the tape and mixed the tape, and it never went to a computer," Boland said. "I think that's how we're meant to sound. It was a great process. It was effortless because we tried to capture the way we are."

They have been touring extensively since then, performing from coast to coast.

But there is something special about coming back home, especially around the holidays, he said.

"It's the area that inspired the music that we make," Boland said. "It inspired the people who inspired us.

"We count every time as a blessing to get to do it."

Boland said he will be spending Thanksgiving with his family -- celebrating birthdays, Christmas, any other holiday they can. Having all the folks back in one place is difficult with touring and recording schedules for Boland the band, now based in Austin, Texas.

Friday's show will bring family and friends to Tulsa, including the Turnpike Troubadours, which has seen growing notoriety in recent years.

Boland said the eastern Oklahoma-based band makes the show that much more exciting.

"They've been on it several years with us now, and I'm glad they're still doing it because those guys could do any show now on their own that they want to," Boland said. "I'm so glad they're a part of it.

"It's just about a good time. It's just about fun."

8th Annual Leftover Turkey show

Jason Boland and the Stragglers, The Turnpike Troubdours

When: Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday. Show starts at 8:30

Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.

Tickets: Sold out

Jerry Wofford 918-581-8346


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