The Turnpike Troubadors – Diamonds and Gasoline
Today I mentioned The Turnpike Troubadours in my post on Terence Martin, so here is what I wrote about the band a couple of weeks ago at Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries
So today when my downloads on emusic refreshed I downloaded the sophomore album Diamonds and Gasoline from The Turnpike Troubadours. The Turnpike Troubadors take their name from the bumpy toll roads in their native state of Oklahoma. I had listened to clips from the album the other night and the band sounded pretty good and after listening to the full songs I’d say they sound damn good! From their website:
the band’s musical style, which walks the line between Woody Guthrie and Waylon Jennings. “Bossier City,” the band’s debut album, is testament to the small towns in which they were raised. It combines Folk, Country, Cajun, and Bluegrass with stories of longing, humor, tragedy, and general life in rural America.
“Diamonds & Gasoline” was produced by veteran producer and songwriter Mike McClure. McClure has worked with his own band as well as his old band The Great Divide and Cross Canadian Ragweed (albums by all three reside in my collection. The legendary Joe Hardy (ZZ-Top, Steve Earle) mixed and mastered the album.
The band is composed of:
Evan Felker – Lead Vocals, Acoustic
R.C. Edwards – Bass, Backing Vocals
Kyle Nix – Fiddle, Backing Vocals
Ryan Engleman – Lead Guitar
Giovanni Carnuccio – Drums, Backing Vocals
The first single from the album “Every Girl” is currently number 19 on the Texas Music Chart and is one of the standout tracks. “Diamonds and Gasoline” is also another good track. But once again all of the tracks are good in their own way! I can tell that this album will be around for a while and will probably by the soundtrack for a run this week.
So it wasn’t the soundtrack for a run but several of the songs have come up over the last couple of weeks and like I said I like the album more each time I hear the songs. Other than “Every Girl” and “Diamonds and Gasoline” other songs I really like are “7 and 7”, “1968”, “Down on Washington”. “The Whole Damn Town” ah hell here I go again, the whole damn album is good!!
Here are the Troubadors with “Every Girl” from a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 30, 2010