Truckstop Darlin'
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Truckstop Darlin'

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF
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"Truckstop Darlin' @ Slim's Last Chance/Seattle,WA"

On this particular rainy Seattle Friday night, like lots of nights, my agenda was to go out and see some kick-ass live music. My plan involved first seeing a friend’s band play at a small bar. Since they were going on early to open for a cover band that didn’t interest me, I had to find another show to bounce to afterward.

While at a great show (Lucero/Drag the River/I Can Lick any SOB in the House) the weekend before, I had talked to someone who had told me that I should go see the Seattle show from a Portland band I hadn’t heard of called “Truckstop Darlin’”, so I’d made a mental note to check them out. I took just long enough of a glance at some youtube videos to determine that they were probably at least in the general area of something I might like (and the place they were playing at serves decent chili), so I added it to my calendar. I don’t know whether the person who recommended them was one of the band members, a friend, or a random fan, but whoever you were, thank you very much!

Then, the headliner, Truckstop Darlin‘ set up and started playing. They are a four-piece combo with electric guitar, bass, drums, and pedal steel. Midway into the first song, I looked over at my wife with a big grin – I’d found a new band that I liked, and they were from my part of the country so I was sure to be able to see them again soon. One thing I really liked about them was that they managed to have a good loud rock sound without burying the excellent pedal steel playing at all, unlike a lot of other bands.

The videos I’d glanced at were OK, but in no way did they convey the energy of their live show. Two Cow Garage came to mind as a comparison point – not because of any particular similarity in sound, but because of their enthusiasm, stage energy, and pouring everything they had into even a show for a tiny audience. A comparison to TCG is the highest form of praise from me, so you can tell I was pleased. I even bought a CD, even though most days I think the words “recorded” and “music” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. After the end of the great set, a friend of the band told me that they would be playing another show soon in Seattle, at a venue I like which will have a bigger and hopefully rowdier audience. I’ll be there for sure, and any fan of the kinds of bands covered on this site should not miss any chance they get to see them live!

The epilogue to this story is that when I went to look them up on the internet the next day, I found that ninebullets.net and a bunch of other good sites had already written positively about them, and that their album had been mastered by Jon Burbank from ICLASOBITH, so it’s surprising that they hadn’t already been on my radar. Usually my MO for discovering a new band that is to find out that I like them two weeks after they play my town, so I was in luck this time.


- ninebullets.net


Discography

Truckstop Darlin~Self Titled/2010
"I've always considered Wilco's - A.M. and the Drive-By Truckers' - Decoration Day the best examples of what alt-country is, but Truckstop Darlin' defines the genre just as well."
- In My Basement Room

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Truckstop Darlin’ comes out of the amazing music scene of the Great Northwest, more specifically, Portland, OR. Their self-titled debut album has been hailed as “raw and powerful” and their live shows are a sweaty, fist-pumping riot soaked in cheap beer and whiskey. These boys play honest, driving rock n’ roll and have been compared to The Drive-By Truckers and early Uncle Tupelo.