What can you tell us about the new album by Jason Boland and the Stragglers?
The new album was recorded 100% analog on 2 inch tape at Cedar Creek in Austin, TX. Shooter Jennings co-produced with us, and had a big influence on what I played on the record. He helped me rein it in, which can be helpful so there’s nothing being overplayed, and there’s room for the music to breathe.
Which model drumsticks did you use on the recording and why did you choose them over others?
I use Maple 7As for live and studio applications. I like the versatility it offers, between being lightweight and conducive to ballads, to withstanding the upbeat numbers where I’m crushing my kit. I rarely break these sticks, they usually get tossed into the crowd.
Did you try anything different on this recording in terms of production and sound or was it business as usual?
As opposed to a close mic situation with Pro Tools, we used room mics for the kit on this one. It provides a very warm sound for the toms (already nice and sweet from wood hoops), but doesn’t lose the punch or thump of the kick. This was my first time recording with my Spaun kit, and I am very happy with the mixed and mastered final product.
You’ll be playing a lot around Texas and the surrounding states this summer. Any festivals you’re looking forward to?
We have a Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash in Whiteface, TX with Shooter. That should be fun. His band is great! We’re also playing with our friends, Reckless Kelly, on July, 4th. It’s always a treat to see those guys. Truly a band’s band.
Country music seems to be in a constant state of change with new poppier sounds competing against old-school revival sounds. How have you seen the band’s audience change over the years?
We see a lot of the same faces with new ones mixing in, and I think that speaks to the grassroots approach we have always employed. It can be summed up simply to this: win one fan at a time, and you keep ‘em for life. If we can establish a connection to people, tune them into Jason’s lyrical message, and rock their faces off at the live show, then chances are they’ll stick with us through the leaner times.
How do you spend your time when you’re not rockin’ stages with the band?
Believe it or not, I’m a full time student pursuing an American Studies degree, so I spend a fair amount of time studying. I’m a married father of 2 as well, so family time is very important to me. I love to work out and play with my dogs, and hell, who doesn’t like drinking beer?
Brad Rice plays Los Cabos Drumsticks 7A Maple.