By James Elledge
March 14, 2018 - They play a steel guitar and a fiddle. They write their own songs. They play live shows, yet support a variety of ways for fans to discover their music. Turnpike Troubadours are often labeled a country band, or a red dirt band, but it’s hard to imagine they really care what you call them. Indeed, this group is a bonafide footloose band regardless of genre or label.
The trailblazing Turnpike Troubadours released their 5th studio album, “A Long Way From Your Heart” at the end of last year, and it has been a daily listen here at the Duck Camp HQ. The songwriting is brilliant. It’s descriptive, provocative and relatable. Principal songwriter and lead singer, Evan Felker, sure knows how to paint a picture in a song. Injected in a harmonious mix of rocking instrumentals and country twang, Felker’s lyrics evoke small-town pride and their own brand of anti-establishment, or “fucking up the status quo.”
If you’re feeling depressed about the state of country music, give this album a listen all the way through. You’ll feel reassured. You won’t find any unimaginative songs titles like “Sunshine and Whiskey” or dub-step inspired collaborations with Swedish DJ’s here… Turnpike’s “A Long Way From Your Heart” is real music from real people.
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/04ffYrjCuXYHdWvFXzGeW9