Fans were treated to an early Christmas gift on Monday night when Jason Boland and Shooter Jennings performed a unique one-of-a-kind acoustic show at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA. The tour which only has ten dates, kicked off December 9th in Philadelphia and will wrap up in Nashville on the 18th. The duo took to the stage shortly after 8 p.m. and began swapping songs for the next two hours giving fans a rare glimpse of each artists music that fans normally don’t get to see. With nothing more than two microphone stands, two guitars, and a bar stool to hold their drinks the duo proved you don’t need a fancy stage show to captivate an audience. Jason’s honky-tonk style of music blended perfectly with Shooter’s style of outlaw country as the two swapped turns at the microphone.
Jason Boland was first up to the mic starting the night off with “Mary” from his 1999 release Jason Boland & The Stragglers. Thru out his part of the set Jason took request from fans and played crowd favorites, “Truckstop Diaries”, “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Pearl Snaps”, “When I’m Stoned”, “Tulsa Time”, and “I Guess It’s Alright to Be an Asshole”, from his latest release Squelch.
On the other side of the stage Shooter started things off with “Outlaw You” from his 2013 release The Other Life. A highlight of Shooter’s set was his performance of a new song co-written by the late Colonel Jon Hensley that will appear on an album set to release sometime in 2017. Other songs from the set included “The Real Me”, “The Gunslinger”, “Some Rowdy Women”, “The White Trash Song”, “The 4th of July” and was closed out with “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”. For an encore the two combined for a cover of Hank Williams Jr’s “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”.
Shooter may play a few songs during his regular shows acoustically, but hearing him with just a guitar and a microphone was something truly special. To hear the songs sung with such raw emotion and with a slight twist is something you just can’t get on the current studio albums, it’s Shooter at his finest. At the end of the set one is left with the question of, “Why hasn’t this been captured and released in some format”?