Mary Ellen's Greenhouse
Label: APEX MUSIC
Proponents of Red Dirt country music, an anti-Nashville movement that combines modern recording practices with the sentiments and attitudes of classic outlaw country, Jason Boland and the Stragglers deliver an album of understated music that echoes Waylon Jennings with a reverence and rare level of authenticity. Red Dirt country (also known as "Texas country" regardless of the players' origins or location) is so named for the dirt in the town of Stillwater, Okla., from whence the band hails. For the good songs on here (and there are a lot), start with "Down Here in the Hole."