Jason Boland shares “The Light Saw Me” from his Cosmic Concept LP shooter produced by Jennings
Often a concept album in the world of country music involves a traveling troubadour in a quintessential Western setting. The key players are the good guys, the bad guys, and the inner demons. In the end, the troubled subject achieves a certain existential understanding that changes the course of their journey.
Jason Boland’s next LP, The light saw me starts off on the right track: a cowboy living in Texas in the late 1890s, traversing the rugged terrain of the Old West. Still, the project produced by Shooter Jennings takes an unexpected turn when the subject’s first encounter with antagonists turns out to be an alien abduction. When he escapes alien captivity, he returns to his landmarks to find himself 100 years in the future.
Released on October 6, the title song and accompanying video recount the Quixote epic of a 19th-century soul sailing at the turn of a new millennium. Without a concept of the century lost in time travel, the subject is in desperate search of his wife, who has since died.
With 10 albums to his name and a cult fanatic, Boland and his band, The Stragglers, show poise and confidence in their limitless imaginary soundscape.
“The Light Saw Me” presents the heavenly side of an artist deeply rooted in the land of Red Dirt. The soundscape captures the space between the neo-traditional tones of the 90s and the twilight zone. By reusing the instrumentation, Boland and Jennings wield the steel pedal to evoke a psych-rock sound. The violin – another kind of staple – is used here to create a strange sense between the cries of intention. As a title song, the song sets the tone for an album that uses sci-fi symbolism to captivate an audience. Once they listen, Boland is able to share the real story between the fictional lines of love and loss on our shared journey to make sense of our years of living on earth.
While eclectic, Boland hopes the concept will appeal to those who feel lonely. He said, “Many are silently suffering the terrifying nature of it all while believing that they are the only ones being forgotten.”
Boland also announced the first stop on his US tour with dates including the beloved Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, famous The Basement East in Nashville and the historic Pappy & Harriett’s Pioneertown Palace in Pioneertown. . Boland also announced his official debut at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on December 7. More information can be found on its website.
Pre-register The light saw me – expected on December 3 via Thirty Tigers, and discover the Q + A of the American songwriter with Jason Boland below.
American songwriter: where did the idea for this song come from??
Jason Boland: When the idea for the concept album sprouted, I remembered a riff that matched the feel I wanted for that part of the story. With the instrumental melody and the main theme of a transformative light, it established itself as the title song.
AS: What is the meaning of the song?
JB: Many times our pivotal moments in life seem to come out of nowhere, and not according to plan.
LIKE: What do you love most about writing songs?
JB: Find an ordinary way to say something extraordinary or an extraordinary way to say something ordinary.
LIKE: What struck you the most about this song?
JB: The groove.
AS: What’s the best or worst advice you’ve ever received on songwriting??
JB: Better: “When in doubt, get out completely.” – Colonel Bruce Hampton (retired)
JB: Worse: “You should do more things like …” – Lots of people
Photo credit: Will Von Bolton