Well, it’s about damn time, isn’t it?
Seriously, if it wasn’t for Patreon tiers shifting this down, I would have covered this record a good month ago – and frankly, I’m a little surprised the country fans I do have on Patreon didn’t vote for this more! Maybe it’s a factor of the band not quite yet having the same mainstream breakthrough or name recognition as many of their peers… and yet talk to any indie country fan in the know about a go-to band for them, I’d put money on Turnpike Troubadours showing up pretty damn high on their list, they’re definitely picking up more of that audience.
So for everyone else, who are these guys? Well, they’re an Oklahoma country band that has been putting out damn excellent, textured country records for the past decade – and just like Parker McCollum, they’re entirely independent and have built up a pretty impressive grassroots following. But even though they do flirt with the rougher sides of Americana and southern rock, nobody would dare say these guys weren’t country through and through, keeping the guitar and fiddle tempos and playing aggressive to match remarkably textured and impassioned lyrics that have supported them on record after record. Now I will say I’d be hardpressed to find a single record of theirs that stands out the most – they’ve got the sort of uniform high quality that informs bands like Blackberry Smoke or The National or Spoon – but the album I got into them the most was their second record Diamonds & Gasoline that just nails that ramshackle edge perfectly for me, although their self-titled album in 2015 is a damn solid introduction too. And thus when critical buzz was suggesting this was somehow even sharper than their previous efforts, you can bet I wanted to cover it – even if it hasn’t proven to be the breakthrough just yet, I wanted to do my part and dig in. So what did I find on A Long Way From Your Heart?