Truly, everything started going to shit when the Turnpike Troubadours broke up. After a period to sulk, I’ve been digging back into their discography. Evan Felker may be on the DL, but the rest of the Troubadours are alive and kicking and ready to work. Which is how we got an album from all the Troubadours not named Felker under the name of Turnpike fiddler Kyle Nix. Lightning on the Mountain came out on Friday. I haven’t had as much time to dig into it as I would have liked, and it isn’t the Turnpike Troubadours, but I dig it.
Nix puts his own spin on things. It is a little more bluegrass, or better yet, old-time, than the Turnpike Troubadours. Nix’s songwriting is more Chris Knight and Ian Noe than Evan Felker. It is that country noir sensibility that really grabs me.
My thoughts have been turning back to the mountains of North Carolina these days, as they often do. How could I resist a song that includes the line “Get your ass out of Waynesville”? I am always down for the “Appalachian mountains are the place where out-of-town gangsters come to die” sub-genre of crime storytelling, after all.
Lightning on the Mountain is the title track off Kyle Nix’s debut solo album Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories.