The Upshot: Country, folk, Americana and more, done like it’s all supposed to be done.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
It’s hard to believe A Long Way From Your Heart is just the fourth release from Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Country band Turnpike Troubadours. Their influence can already be heard in a slew of new Americana bands and their latest just goes to show why. The band play an impressively tight and catchy brand of country, folk and American rock, with lyrics at the forefront.
The band pulls off the kind of curiously strong character sketches that could make even Springsteen jealous, all backed by fiddles, piano and the occasional lap steel. Whether it’s folks prepping for just another storm (“A Tornado Warning”), a family losing everything (“Housefire”) or a former soldier in trouble with the law (“Pipe Bomb Dream”), the group creates songs that draw you in from the first listen.
That’s not to say, the band is all Faulkner and Southern Gothic, as “The Winding Stair Mountain Blues” shows they’re not above rocking out and damn they can write a sweet love song (“Oklahoma Stars”).
Four albums in and Turnpike Troubadours show no signs of writer’s block.
DOWNLOAD: “Something To Hold On To,” “A Tornado Warning” and “Oklahoma Stars”