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Last Train Home, one of the most acclaimed roots-rock bands of the past few decades, is releasing its first record in more than ten years. “Daytime Highs and Overnight Lows” marks the return of this stellar group fronted by former journalist Eric Brace. Based in Nashville, where he’s been collaborating with songwriters Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz for the past decade, Brace has rounded up his former cohorts in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Nashville to create LTH’s eighth and best recording yet.
With trumpet and saxophone, harmonica and accordion, pedal steel guitar and glockenspiel – not to mention layers of acoustic and electric guitars and shimmering harmonies weaving with Brace’s warm lead vocals – there is a richness to LTH’s work that you’ll find in few other groups. You can reference the Mavericks, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sturgill Simpson, the Band, Emmylou Harris, but you’ll never quite pin down the brilliance of Last Train Home. They’ll surprise you with a Barry White cover, bring you to tears with the elegiac “Old Railroads,” and make you shake it up with their Monkees-inspired “Wake Up, We’re in Love.” From the pure piano-pop of “Happy Is” to the near bluegrass of “Sleepy Eyes,” Last Train Home takes whatever styles strike its fancy and blends them into its own singular sound. It’s a sound that gets under your skin and reminds you why you love listening to music in the first place.