The Turnpike Troubadours

The Turnpike Troubadours

by Turnpike Troubadours


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The Turnpike Troubadours, the eponymous fourth album from the red dirt country journeymen, careens into view slowly with "The Bird Hunters," a melancholic waltz that recalls some of the sadder moments from its predecessor, 2012's Goodbye Normal Street. Much of that record underscored the dusty literary aspirations of lead singer/songwriter Evan Felker but, appropriately enough for an album named after the band as a whole, this record puts equal emphasis on head, heart, and muscle, easing between simple heartbroken laments and full-throated roars. Felker's voice and writing are plainspoken but not pedestrian; there's a soulful undercurrent to his simplicity, his modesty never seeming affected, his working-class anthems never showy. As subtle and lived-in as these songs are, what really makes The Turnpike Troubadours kick is the band itself. While they've never been restrained on record, this 2015 LP feels brawny and also sensitive, the band capable of leaning into the song so the rampaging minor-key stomp "Doreen" possesses a sad, menacing edge, "The Mercury" drowns out all sorrow, and "Fall Out of Love" plays like a balm straight out of Muscle Shoals. As always, the key to the success of the Turnpike Troubadours -- both as a band and in this album in particular -- is that they never draw attention to their depth and how they occupy a wide, woeful territory where laments heal and parties can feel reassuringly lonely.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2015
Label: Bossier City Records
UPC: 0696859966026
catalogNumber: 3
Rank: 4958

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Performance Credits

Turnpike Troubadours   Primary Artist
Byron Berline   Fiddle
John Fullbright   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Ryan Engleman   Electric Guitar,Group Member
R.C. Edwards   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Kyle Nix   Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Evan Felker   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Thomas Trapp   Acoustic Guitar
Gabe Pearson   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Grady Don Stradlin   Percussion

Technical Credits

Matt Wright   Producer,Engineer
Rhett Miller   Composer
Murry Hammond   Composer
Shauna Dodds   Art Direction
John Fullbright   Composer
Ryan Engleman   Producer
Evan Felker   Composer
Jonny Burke   Composer

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