Turnpike Troubadours-Diamonds and Gasoline

Reflecting on: Turnpike Troubadours– Diamonds and Gasoline

When Megan and I began discussing this feature and how it’d be all about albums released prior to the birth of Country Exclusive, I knew I had to do an article on Turnpike Troubadours’ breakout album, Diamonds & Gasoline. The band have continued to gain in popularity and musical genius, but I figured why not talk about the album that really got things going for them? Plus, it’s where I first discovered the Turnpike Troubadours, and it’s become one of my favorite albums.

Release Date: 2010
Style: Red Dirt, Country
Who Might Like This Album: Fans of Jason Boland & the Stragglers, fans of traditional country music with lots of fiddle
Standout Tracks: “Every Girl,” “7 & 7,” “The Funeral,” “Diamonds and Gasoline,: “Long Hot Summer Day”
Reflections: If you haven’t heard this album, by the end of the first two songs, you’ll know what you’re in for. Lots of fiddle, some awesome guitar, and the thing that makes Turnpike Troubadours just so much more, outstanding lyrics. Evan Felker is an amazing songwriter, weaving alliteration and deeper thinking into songs that are also catchy, and that display the talent these guys have. You’d think “7 & 7” was just another drinking song, but it’s actually not. It’s based around the line “I had no clue I’d be the boy who your mama warned you about”. Stuff like that just shows off the greatness of the lyrics. “Every Girl” should have been a hit song outside of the Red Dirt and Texas country movement, because it’s just so upbeat and catchy, plus that fiddle play! Who can forget that fiddle? The title track proves that the band can do acoustic songs very well, too. All in all, this was an amazing release. The band hadn’t been together very long when this album came out, and I just find it pretty astounding that the songwriting was so deep, the playing so skilled, and how well it all came together. It’s a fantastic listen all the way through. In short, if you haven’t heard this album, you’re missing out on some amazing country music. If you’ve liked the newer albums by the Turnpike Troubadours and haven’t given this one a listen, what are you waiting for?

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3 thoughts on “Reflecting on: Turnpike Troubadours– Diamonds and Gasoline”

  1. Great Album from my favorite band. My favorite album of theirs is actually their most recent one but this one has some of their classics like Long Hot Summer Day, 7&7 and Every Girl.

  2. I agree with Alex, my favorite is their most recent, but it’s hard to find a bad Turnpike Troubadours song anywhere. And that fiddle is astounding. Great choice and piece!

  3. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite album by the Turnpike Troubadours. Each is just so good, and they’re only getting better.
    I’m glad you liked the article, Megan. Like I said, I knew I had to cover this one, because there are just so many great songs.

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