Back in the Rock

All three headliners return to Fair stage Oct. 15-17
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Music fans w ill get a familiar feeling at this year's Rockdale Fair

All three headliners are back at the Rockdale Fair: (from left) Jason Boland and the Stragglers headline Saturday night; Rick Trevino on Thursday; and goodtime Roger Creager headlines Friday. All three headliners are back at the Rockdale Fair: (from left) Jason Boland and the Stragglers headline Saturday night; Rick Trevino on Thursday; and goodtime Roger Creager headlines Friday. when three headliners

return to the Fair Park Pavilion stage during the Oct. 15-17 event.

Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Roger Creager and Rick Trevino will provide the sound track for this year's event, the 34th annual Fair.

Jason Boland

Jason Boland and the Stragglers are a band whose sound has been seasoned over time and the artist has matured into a top-notch song writer.

His latest CD, "Comal County Blue," gives a nod to his past, one that saw him become the poster boy for Texas party music, but an image he was glad to have in the rear view mirror after it nearly put him six feet under.

The Oklahoma native now lives in South Austin and he brings his show back to Rockdale six years after his 2003 performance.

His 1999 album "Pearl Snaps" put him atop Texas' red-dirt music party and he fit the part perfectly. Along with Pat Green, Kevin Fowler and Cross Canadian Ragweed, Boland partied with the best of them in what he called shows that were "fun at first... but garage band bad."

After suffering a seizure in 2005, Boland got clean with a stint in a rehab center and returned with a more mature and reflective sound.

His baritone voice carried his new songs "Something You Don't See Everyday" and "The Party's Not Over," more barroom ballads. But his song "Bottle by My Bed" shows a weariness that channels hope for a better future.

Boland had a slight setback when he had surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal chords. His surgery was scheduled for the same day as his new CD was to be released. But he said that made him sit back and accept it as something that he needed, something that made him "stop, shut up and listen," he told The Austin Chronicle.

Boland's work was recognized with a Lone Star Music Award for "Comal County Blue."

The Stragglers are a backing band that is as hip and professional as they come.

Roger Creager

Roger Creager has made his name playing all around the globe and being known as an entertainer that will pack tons of fun into a two-hour performance.

Known as a rabble rouser who follows in the concert tradition of troubadours Jerry Jeff Walker or Robert Earl Keen, Creager has a fifth album out and he is adding to the hundreds of thousands of road miles to promote his latest, "Here It Is."

Creager worked with production heavyweights Lloyd Maines of Austin and Radney Foster, the Del Rio native who tasted country success in the 1990s.

The Corpus Christi-born Creager has a good-time sing-a-long in "I'm From the Beer Joint" as well as what he calls his "best story song" with "I Loved You When."

Honeybrowne, an Austin-based, four-piece country rock band, will open Friday's show for Creager. The group is making its name by touring all around the Lone Star State.

Rick Trevino

Trevino was one of country music's "it" artists in the mid-1990s with hits like "She Can't Say I Didn't Cry", "Doctor Time" and "Bobbie Ann Mason."

Since then, Trev ino has cr isscrossed between the music of his Texas-bred background, country and Tejano, producing offerings in both English and Spanish and sometimes translating entire albums.

Trevino also teamed with MexicanAmerican music heavies on the first Los Super Seven CD.

Trev ino's most recent single is "Separate Ways," which followed his "In My Dreams" album.

Local jack-of-all-music-trades Scott Fischer plays bass in Trevino's band.

Young Cameron band Well Driven Nails will open the show.


Thursday, Oct. 15, 8 pm to midnight—Well Driven Nails opening for Rick Trevino.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 pm to midnight—Honeybrowne opening for Roger Creager.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 8:45 pm to 1 am—Kenny Orts opening for Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

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