Well, we don’t have a Turnpike reunion on the horizon, but we do have a new solo project from fiddle player Kyle Nix.
Titled Lightning on the Mountain and Other Short Stories, Nix’s solo debut is a concept album, composed as a series of short stories; all encompassed by a Spaghetti Western theme.
“I’ve really gotten into short stories these past few years. You have to sum your ideas up quicker- really trim the fat. I like what they do… I’m into Ennio Morricone. He composed a ton of classic western soundtracks. On the record I applied the “spaghetti western” theme with instrumentals to imply a front cover, a back cover & picture pages… a short story collection.”
And in case you were wondering, the rest of his bandmates in Turnpike, Ryan Engleman, Gabe Pearson, RC Edwards & Hank Early, serve as Kyle’s band for the album. His website also features ringing endorsements from Jason Boland, Ian Moore and Cody Canada.
“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Nix for a very long time,” says Canada. “I can tell his fine playing from the first note. Proud to be an Okie with him.”
You love to see this.
Obviously, the goal is to have Turnpike Troubadours make a comeback with Evan Felker, but in the meantime, Kyle and the boys are making some good country music and I’ll take it. I’ll take new music from this talented group any day of the week.
Lightning on the Mountain and Other Short Stories is due out on June 26th.