Hello To Goodbye

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If you have even peep’d on Twitter today you know that the Turnpike Troubadours have a new album.  Do you want to hear it?  I am sure that you do so you TOO can tweet about how much you like it. (That is the sound of me rolling my eyes.) I like it and I am not rolling my eyes because it’s not great, I am saying that because even if it is pretty damned awesome…I am in a bad mood and I am sick of people being so moved by music that has only been out for 4 hours.  Really? It changed your life in that short of a time? Bitch, please. I have a hard time buying that shit sometimes. If you are still tweeting about it this time next month when you don’t see everyone else doing it, then I will believe you.

I personally like the album because it seems like all the songs are about fucked up relationships. I dig that. I live that.

Now that I have completely alienated my entire reading audience, you can click here to listen to the entire album for free.

Here are some of the rave reviews coming in for the Blog-o-shere:

The Boot.com:

When a band puts on a killer live show, the intricacies of their music don’t always translate to a recorded album. Not so with the Turnpike Troubadours. One listen to their brand-new CD, Goodbye Normal Street and you see why the band’s barroom success has led to major commercial appeal. 

The five accomplished musicians who make up Turnpike Troubadours have certainly lived up to their name, gaining a huge fan following by tirelessly touring the so-called ‘Red Dirt’ circuits of the Southwest.

“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,” recalls frontman Evan Felker. “They were there to drink beer and raise hell and they didn’t really care what music was playing while they did it. But as we went on and as we got better, they started to listen. I mean, they were still drinking plenty of beer, but before too long, they were actually coming to hear us and asking us to play our songs, and not just covers of traditional favorites.”

With influences that range from country and bluegrass to hard rock and even Creole music, the quintet has developed a unique sound that blends furious finger-pickin’ with insightful, relatable and sometimes defiant lyrics. Goodbye Normal Street, which hits stores today (May 8), is the Troubadours’ third full-length album.

“This time around, we tried to balance things out,” says bassist RC Edwards. “We wanted to combine the idea of getting something perfect, the way you can only do in a proper studio, with the energy of playing in front of a thousand people jumping around and screaming.”

“All the songs are about people we know,” adds Evan. “And yeah, some of them are probably about me to some degree -– the guy who ticks off the wrong girl from Arkansas, and the guy who doesn’t always like what he sees himself becoming. Mostly though, I think they’re just honest … This music, at its best, can put into words what we have been thinking for our entire lives.” 

Galleywinter’s Review

Bam’s Blog

The Americana Music Journal

~Rb

18 Comments

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Pandora listener

    “I am sick of people being so moved by music that has only been out for 4 hours. Really? It changed your life in that short of a time? Bitch, please. I have a hard time buying that shit sometimes. If you are still tweeting about it this time next month when you don’t see everyone else doing it, then I will believe you.”

    EXACTLY. Three weeks ago Jason Eady was the “best record in years”, now all the same characters are saying the exact same thing about the new Turnpike record. Three weeks from now it’ll be someone else. People have the attention span of gnats these days.

    • Reply May 9, 2012

      Anonymous

      “EXACTLY. Three weeks ago Jason Eady was the “best record in years”, now all the same characters are saying the exact same thing about the new Turnpike record. Three weeks from now it’ll be someone else. People have the attention span of gnats these days.”

      I love the album, but I have to agree. I didn’t start claiming it was the best record I had ever heard blah blah until I actually downloaded it and listened to it more than once. I liked it because it was good music, not because all the “cool kids” we’re doing it. Let the music speak for itself. Th

      • Reply May 9, 2012

        Pandora listener

        Agreed. I also downloaded the Eady record and like it – but it didn’t move me to think that it was the best thing I’ve heard in years. I do wish more “country” music would be country like Eady’s record – but the hype of these things is a bit silly.

        The next non-glowing album review I read on Galleywinter will be the first.

        Here’s some takes from their last several reviews:
        “Goodbye Normal Street solidifies Turnpike Troubadours as the next great band in the Red Dirt canon and ensures that they’re going to be at the top of the heap for a while. ”

        “Eady has reached a creative pinnacle with his fourth release, AM Country Heaven. His singing voice tenors somewhere between Haggard and Willie, while his music evokes a time when country music was replete with honesty. Easily, one of the finest albums that will be released in 2012 and sure to make waves that should be felt far beyond the Texas scene.”

        “…his album would be impressive for a veteran band. Let alone a debut record. That fact makes this effort even more impressive. K Phillips has created something wholly unique in any genre for 2012. A contemporary record of original tunes that sounds authentically vintage in concept and quality. American Girls is worth spending some time with.”

        “Coming seven years after his first studio release, the Live at Billy Bob’s experience finds Grider commanding the stage with ease, professionalism and an unbridled enthusiasm that is infectious.”

        “A dozen years after that initial creative splash, Creager is back with his newest release Surrender. This album finds him at his finest, raw emotion soaked in sawdust and beer all backed by music that makes you want to tap your toe.”

        “You don’t just listen to this record, you feel it…experience it. Each syllable and note impacts you. Durham’s made an album that blues afficianados can respect and Texas Music fans can appreciate. Take the pen of Townes Van Zandt and the spirit of Muddy Waters and that comes as close to setting the scene of this album as any description I can give. A wonderfully and wholly realized project that exemplifies all the best authentic qualities of Texas Music…of American music.”

        “A Minute To Breathe is the type of album effort that should catapult Fenley onto the next rung of the Texas Music ladder. Dave Fenley and the Good Deal are the real deal and sure to be turning heads and bending ears throughout this scene and beyond in 2012.”

        “The Damn Quails album, Down the Hatch, is a brilliant masterpiece of rootsy Americana tinged country.”

        “Rancho Alto is another in a consistent line of great records that Jason Boland and the Stragglers have made dating back to their Pearl Snaps debut. He’s a country music virtuoso.”

  • Reply May 8, 2012

    Jamie Lin

    Isn’t that what twitter’s about, though? What’s happening now? I think it’s natural to share what’s new with your friends. If this record had been out for a year, then all the sudden people were praising it at a ridiculous rate, that would be fishy. But it’s brand new and they’ve been waiting on it. Give ‘em a break. I’m sure the same people talk about the best show they ever saw last night, too… they’re just not all going to the same show every weekend so it doesn’t crowd your twitter feed. Let the boys and us fans have this one… it really is a great record and they’ve worked hard on their craft, as they do every night. And let the next band with the best record ever to have that, too. It won’t hurt for too long. Case in point: the Radiohead craze of a couple months back.

    Sorry, I don’t comment much, but I had to. I’m for it. I hope when our record comes out you get annoyed with your twitter feed as well. :-)

    • Reply May 8, 2012

      Rita

      Ok, Ok. I’ll give you that one. I didn’t say I was being rational. It’s just been one of those days. I’m being ugly. We did give away some of the new album and people were super excited about it…especially after watching them play at the Wade Bowen thingy Sunday. We play the heck outta the new single too. I just don’t want to share. I am bitchy.

    • Reply May 9, 2012

      Pandora listener

      I agree with this for the most part – but I disagree on people praising an album after it’s been out awhile. Take the Turnpikes’ last record – there was no immediate buzz surrounding that record, but it built over time – by them doing it the “right way”, like you suggest. To me that’s more indicative of a good record than all the day-of-release hype.

      But yes – it’s good for these guys to have the amount of buzz they have for this record.

  • Reply May 9, 2012

    It's what friends do...

    Fact is, the artists that are friends with these Turnpike boys have had this album for weeks. Friends support each other. And friends don’t let friends make bad music. SO, what you get it a lot of tweets on release day from the artists’ buddies. If your friends were athletes would you cheer them on on game day or the week after?

    • Reply May 9, 2012

      Rita

      Ahhhhh. I know. I know. I was annoyed with certain bandwagoner and was being a passive aggressive snatch cause I was in a bad mood. I never claimed to be a good person.

  • Reply May 9, 2012

    Anonymous

    Rita, handle your bitch snapping on your own. don’t drag this excellent record into it. this thing is 10000X better than 99% of the shit that you blather about. to denigrate the hype of this release because you don’t care for someone spreading the word is petty and selfish. i know, i know “if you don’t like it, don’t read it”,….blah blah blah. obligatory shit cunt panty pooop. red dirt red dirt rah rah rah.

    • Reply May 9, 2012

      Anonymous

      Go stick your head up some other band’s asshole. It’s this bunch of bandwagoners in this scene that makes the rest of the music business ignore what is popular down there. It is a joke. Nothing against this band. I don’t know their music and I didn’t see anything negative written above but it is that fly by night, hot today gone tomorrow mentality that is making your sacred “scene” nothing but a junior high school popularity contest. Looks like she hit a nerve.

      • Reply May 9, 2012

        Anonymous

        if you’ve never listened to this band, how do you know their growing popularity is merely bandwagoning? if you’ve paid attention to the music industry over the last, oh 90 years, you’d realize that most bands are “here today, gone tomorrow”. Some stick around, some don’t. bands make music. some people like their music. those folks spread the word to like minded people who may or may not be aware of said band. i think a lot of people wrongly assume the social, backstage part of the ‘scene’ is even relevant. that’s a whole seperate thing, populated mostly by people who got pushed down a bunch in school. i understand that ‘Rita’ s thing is snarky, bitter commentary. fine, to each their own. but realize that this sort of shit is what makes the Texas/reddirt ‘scene’ a joke, not an honest, good record. and definitely not the promotion of said music. let’s be honest, this is exactly the sort of crap this site loves. not the music- discovery or discussion of, but the inane, uninformed shit that flows out of anybody with an internet connection. make your bed, lie in it.

    • Reply May 9, 2012

      Rita

      Well I guess you told me. Thank you for putting me in my place. How dare I?
      What was I thinking posting everything I could find about the record so people could listen to it and buy it if they liked it. Shame, shame on me. Next time I will just retweet someone who never actually sat and listened to a record because that is helpful and unique. My bad. How petty of me. I’ll just handle it “to my own”. I’ll do it somewhere like my own website. Oh…wait.

      • Reply May 9, 2012

        Anonymous

        wow. is that all it takes to put you in your place? come on, Rita, you’re stronger than that. You’ve built a career off of nothing much at all. i included a rebuttal to your impending retort in my original post. i’m not saying you should jump on board the newest thing down the pike, just curious as to why you would choose a solid record, such as this one to bag on the promotional networking when you have so actively pushed the relentless drivel that makes up the bulk of current releases. i don’t mind bad logic, just appreciate a little consistency.

        • Reply May 9, 2012

          Rita

          I’m bipolar. Duh.

        • Reply May 9, 2012

          Bwshahahahaha

          This is fan fucking tastic. Everyone can talk all the shit they want about Cody Canada, Josh Abbott, and, Casey but say one thing the least bit unflattering about one of the chosen and they turn into pisspots. Classic. I would hate to the fit the elite would throw up if she didn’t like the cd. If she wrote what we were all thinking two weeks ago with josh these treehugging music snobs would be throwing a parade. Now let’s talk about consistency.
          Back to my trailer park I go with my bad music.

          • May 10, 2012

            It's what friends do...

            What does this even mean?

  • Reply May 9, 2012

    This guy

    I hate this blog. It is full of idiots and this blogger doesn’t know what she is talking about. All she does is post things. It is so horrible and stupid and dumb and ignorant.

    I will be back in 10 minutes to see what she posted.

    Thanks for the link Rita. I don’t tweet and I can’t facebook at work.

  • Reply May 10, 2012

    a none a muss

    wow. even the comments have spiraled off into some sophmoric rant. tree huggers? trailer parks? what if parades? the abyssal depths of this discussion have become too much to bear. now, i’m off to listen to a bangkok bootleg of depech mode performing nothing but stephen foster tunes. how’s that for elit, you nutsacks?

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