PRESS – Hope and the Heart It Breaks
“forging a genre-bending path” – Willamette Week
“No dropoff. Just a solid, kickass album” – Nine Bullets
“above and beyond the Alt-Country genre” – Oregon Music News
“I’m way into this record” – Captains Dead
“it is phenomenal” – Blind Mouse Entertainment
“imbuing every lyric with his own unique brand of desperate honesty” – The Portland Pick
“rife with the raw, catchy story-telling” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“delicate beauty buried under the buzzing guitars” – The Daily Vault
“music that packs a knuckle-cracking punch” – AudioCred
“pure heart-pounding Rock N’ Roll” – Six String Theories
“hard-rocking Americana” – The Larryville Chronicles
“musical rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse” – examiner.com
“unique genre combination” – SouthSide On The Town
PRESS – Hope and the Heart It Breaks
John Phelan, vocalist/guitarist of Truckstop Darlin’, talks about how he started playing music, his musical influences and take on the Portland music scene.
Check out Truckstop Darlin’ at: http://truckstopdarlin.com/
A special thanks to Stumptown Bliss for providing the concert footage!
Premiere: Truckstop Darlin’ “Don’t Walk Away” (Live)
The album from Truckstop Darlin’ Hope and the Heart It Breaks is set for a June 5 release. Here’s the premiere of a video from the group that presents a live performance of the first track on the disc.
“Truckstop Darlin‘ have released a digital single as a taster for their new album release Hope & The Heart it Breaks due on June 5th, check it out via the link below.
Download – I See You
There’s an extensive tour lined up in the US too.
Nov 19, 2010
But like redneck culture (of which I count myself a member) Oregon’s Truckstop Darlin know they’re unrefined and take pride in stories well told, the hard beauty of sentimentality and the ragged craft of a well executed rock song. And they’re more n’ happy to shove your smirking peckerwood mug in it.
How a scene built around this halfbred genre is being forged in the rainy green climes of the Pacific Northwest is even more of a head-scratcher. Portland Oregan seems like the last place you’d hear amped-up twang of Truckstop Darlin’ and partners I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, Root Jack, the recently relocated Riviera as well as the literate roots-rock of Kasey Anderson For a place not marinated in the legacy of Dixie or the neo-brutal beauty of Cormac McCarthy this is fertile ground for great Southern rock.
Truckstop Darlin’s new, self-tiled album- mastered by Jon Burbank from I Can Lick Any SOB In The House – has all the ingredients for a classic Southern rock (or country for that matter) album – name-dropping Southern states (Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina) musical legends (Merle Haggard) Saturday nights, hard times, copious whiskey, broken hearts – it’s there but done in ways that are both comfortable and draws from current rock music to inject a freshness.
The comparisons to early Drive By Truckers (back when they were full of piss, vinegar and Jack Daniels)and Uncle Tupelo are apparent, but there is a classic sound there as well. Tired Old Prom Queens is a Billy Joe Shaver-inspired song imagined for the Marshal Tucker Band.
Bluegrass State beings to mind early Southern-Gothic era REM and Anna Lee sound like it’s a lost B-side from The Band. King of the Highway’s lonesome asphalt-paved heartache that is as close to a straight-up country tune found here. Down snakes along with a epic Big Rock sleaze that mixes gunpowder and melancholy to great results.
Broken Valentine is a revved-up post-punk-county song that is one of my favorites. John Phelan’s gravel-throated delivery and stuttering buzz-saw guitar, the driving rhythm section of Eric Kotila’s drums and Nick Foltz’s bass and Michael Winter pedal steel cry.
Truckstop Darlin’ shows what old can be made new and vital and can, for damn sure, kick your ass all over again.
Front Porch Musings
Nov 15, 2010
Upon entering said barn, Eric Kotila, the drummer for Truckstop Darlin’ introduced me to himself and the band, handed me a copy of their record, a record of a cool side-project they’ve got goin on with Root Jack (more to come on that,) some sweet memorabilia, and a shot of whiskey. From there, the guys hit the stage and I was blown away. At their core, these guys fit nicely in the alt-country/americana space, for whatever that’s worth. They feature leanings of southern rock, some twang, some punk, some amazing pedal steel, and I hear some Deer Tick in lead singer John Phelan’s voice and overall attitude. I love that, and you’ll hear some of it on the album’s opener “Tired Old Prom Queens.” Track 2, “Bluegrass State” was mentioned by our buddy Bryan at Nine Bullets in his review of the debut album, and I really like the track also, so I had to mention it. It’s a real rambler that really showcases some of Michael Winter’s kick-ass pedal steel. That guy was killing it with a few of the bands all night. And it was his birthday, so that was cool. I don’t recall them playing it live, but I’m extremely fond of their song “Grandpa.” I was really close with my grandpa, and this song reminds me of how important grandpas can be, it really pulls at my heartstrings. Background vocalist and bass player Nick Foltz really adds some great stuff on this track, as with many others. That songs followed by another rocker in “Broken Valentine,” and like any great tune about a woman, this one will certainly stay with you. “She’s always drinking when she cries” is such a perfect line to describe this type of gal. I’m going to make sure to leave you with the ballad of “Daniel Johnston,” to complete the face melting. You can hear their Root Jack influence in this song, and it’s just pure awesome.
Oct 21, 2010