Turnpike Troubadours’ ‘A Long Way From Your Heart’: A Track-By-Track Guide

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Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours release their fifth studio album, A Long Way From Your Heart, this Friday, Oct. 20. Like William Faulkner’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Turnpike has Eastern Oklahoma. The backdrop plays as vital a piece to their storytelling as any of the numerous composite characters they’ve created to inhabit their timeless world. A Long Way is a maturation in their already strong sense of storytelling.

Resilience in the face of adversity shines throughout. Characters are often adjusting to responsibility. They consider falling back into their old habits but continue to persevere regardless the setbacks and tragedies. It’s about growing up despite the challenges.

With a world as rich as Turnpike’s, this is a Listener’s Guide to A Long Way From Your Heart and how these 11 songs relate to previous songs, albums and Turnpike’s version of  Oklahoma.

1. “The Housefire”

2. “Something To Hold On To”

3. “Winding Stair Mountain Blues”

4. “Unrung”

5. “A Tornado Warning”

6. “Pay No Rent”

7. “The Hard Way”

8. “Old Time Feeling (Like Before)”

9. “Pipe Bomb Dream”

10. “Oklahoma Stars”

11. “Sunday Morning Paper”

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