Jeff Turmes | Five Horses, Four Riders

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Five Horses, Four Riders

by Jeff Turmes

A largely acoustic, sparse, atmospheric album of beautiful songs that range stylistically through folk, ballads and blues.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Something Must of Happened
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2. Honey Man
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3. Give Satan A Chance
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4. Five Horses, Four Riders
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5. Don't the Moon Look Real
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6. Turn Your Heart In My Direction
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7. Weeds Like Us
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8. Hew To the Roadside
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9. Jack-a-hammer
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10. Loser's History
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11. God Came Down From Heaven
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12. When My Baby Wakes Up
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13. Iron City
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Just in terms of sheer quantity -- number of instruments played, miles logged, artists backed up, shows and sessions performed, and songs composed -- Jeff Turmes is remarkable. And then there's the quality of what he does -- the sound, the style, the personality that informs his music.

All this is evidence in his latest release, Five Horses, Four Riders. There's a lot of open space on this record, songs that inhabit a world of dream images, dread, weariness and desire. We hear guitars, banjos, low horns wheezing in some distance, cymbal crashes, half a string quartet. Lover's pleas, laments, songs thrown like shadows.

Songs range from the opener, "Something Must Of Happened", a driving 2-guitar shuffle, to a gorgeous ballad, "Turn Your Heart In My Direction, to a lament, "Weeds Like Us", whose instrumentation is simply banjo, cello, someone keeping time on the side of a dumpster, and Jeff's voice. "Hew To The Roadside" is equally sparse: resonator guitar, percussion, and a bass clarinet and baritone sax wheezing out low notes. The album closes with an instrumental for solo guitar "Iron City", so named because it was composed on a rainy night in a Pittsburgh hotel room. Throughout, Jeff tells tales of devotion and loss in his distinctive voice. Whether you're already a fan of his songwriting or approaching him for the first time, this record will make a strong impression.


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