Album Review: Turnpike Troubadours – A Long Way From Your Heart

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Hailing from Oklahoma and led by frontman, co-founder and principal songwriter, Evan Felker, roots rockers Turnpike Troubadours have been together since 2005 and put out their first record, Bossier City, in 2007. Their latest, A Long Way from Your Heart, was released in the UK on November 24.

Produced by Grammy award-winner Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Avett Brothers), the new album is made up of 11 tracks that veer from up-tempo rock numbers to stone-cold country tear-jerkers.

First track, The Housefire, has that country-with-a-hard-edge feel typical of red dirt, a style I don’t much care for generally. It’s a pretty decent song, though, and gets even better when the steel guitar comes in.

Something to Hold on to has a solid chorus and some lovely fiddle, though I prefer the Troubadours when they’re more prominently displaying their mellow side, as they do on Unrung (Felker’s favourite song on the album) and even more spectacularly on Old Time Feeling (Like Before), my favourite song on the album and one of the best tunes I’ve heard this year.

Other standout tracks include Pay No Rent, Pipe Bomb Dream and Oklahoma Stars. The Turnpike Troubadours have received a great deal of acclaim from country purists, but for me this album leans a bit too heavily on the rock side of things to be considered a must-buy country classic.

  Track List
  1. The Housefire
  2. Something To Hold On To
  3. The Winding Stair Mountain Blues
  4. Unrung
  5. A Tornado Warning
  6. Pay No Rent
  7. The Hard Way
  8. Old Time Feeling (Like Before)
  9. Pipe Bomb Dream
  10. Oklahoma Stars
  11. Sunday Morning Paper
  12. Come As You Are

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Adrian has been a huge country music fan for many years and has interviewed the likes of Merle Haggard, Jon Pardi, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, Ray Price, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis and Tanya Tucker for various publications around the world. In 2015, his first book, 'Tequila, Señoritas and Teardrops: Musicians Discuss the Influence of Mexico on Country Music', was published in the US by McFarland & Company and his second, 'Life As They See It: A Collection of Country Music Online Articles 2009 - 2016', was self-published a year later. Firmly entrenched in the more traditional end of the country spectrum, his favourite artists include Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Marty Stuart, Tracy Lawrence and Patty Loveless.