A Long Way From Your Heart, the fourth full-length album from acclaimed Oklahoma roots-rock powerhouse Turnpike Troubadours, was produced/engineered by Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers). With his vivid character sketches and blue-collar narratives, Evan Felker continues to solidify his place as one of the finest songwriters to come out of the dustbowl in recent years. His vocals are honest and affecting, combined with his virtuosic band mates – RC Edwards (bass), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (guitar), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (pedal steel) – Turnpike Troubadours are a force.
The band has achieved a rare feat with A Long Way From Your Heart by creating an album that is immediately accessible, yet continues to reveal greater depth upon each listen. The theme running through A Long Way From Your Heart is resilience during difficult circumstances, as in album opener, "The Housefire." The subjects in Felker's songs are composite characters based on real people. Some tracks feel deeply personal, such as the poignant but upbeat "Pay No Rent" or country/folk ditty "Oklahoma Stars." Other observational songs like "Unrung" and the raucous rocker "The Winding Stair Mountain Blues" are proof that Felker's penchant for great storytelling in the tradition of his musical forebearers has become masterful.