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Jon Boland

Jon Boland did a fine job fronting alt-country act Rosalie, whether he was singing a souped-up rocker about a Chevy Nova or delivering a heartfelt ballad. Boland delves more into the latter on his solo outing, favoring an acoustic guitar instead of the electric he used in Rosalie. Lightning in the Wires is a stripped-down affair for the most part — sometimes just Boland, his acoustic and the occasional keyboards or background vocals. In some regards, the record recalls some of the solo material from Chad Price of Drag the River, especially in both singers' raspy delivery. On "City So Big," Boland sings "So let's get drunk and love all night and wake up early, have coffee with cream"; Lightning in the Wires would be an ideal soundtrack to any and all of that.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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