TWILIGHT HOTEL-“Highway Prayer”

Twilight Hotel occupy that strange space in the alt-country landscape occupied by artists from Canada who make Americana rock. I’m proud to make them one of my first 2008 reviews (album release date: January 29), because they have an authentic sound that offers more variety than the typical release in this genre.

Highway Prayer, the Winnipeg band’s second album (their first was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2007 American Independent Music Awards), goes from dark storytelling to rockabilly and twang, and covers much ground in between. Working with folks like Richard Bell (Janis Joplin, The Band), Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits), and Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), it’s easy to see how they’ve managed to create such a rich album. Courtesy of Killbeat.

Oh, and if Highway Prayer doesn’t make you want to walk across the Key Bridge at dusk, with the whooshing of cars and blurry glow of headlights at your side, then you may just have no soul at all. It is the standout track on the album and truly haunting.

Viva la Vinyl

Highway Prayer

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