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One Damn Thing To Redeem

by Truckstop Coffee

With a passel of rootsy songs about whiskey, women, heartache and interstate highways, Truckstop Coffee cranks out a reviving take on the road-worn genre of Americana rock 'n roll.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Way Down South
2:27 $0.99
2. Pretty 'Lil Smile
3:22 $0.99
3. Madison County
4:25 $0.99
4. Stopping for Bullets
5:17 $0.99
5. A Little Too Close
5:37 $0.99
6. Punch Me in the Face
3:54 $0.99
7. Longer to Stay
5:11 $0.99
8. Shine for You
3:23 $0.99
9. Rock 'n Roll
3:24 $0.99
10. Whiskey Shivers
6:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
With a passel of rootsy songs about whiskey, women, heartache and interstate highways Truckstop Coffee cranks out a reviving take on the road-worn genre of Americana/whatever-u-call-it rock 'n roll. Named after the powerful stuff that helps keep you between the lines on those long lonely drives, this hard-working four-piece blends overdriven tube amps, telecaster twang, and rough-hewn vocals for a yesteryear sound that'll break yer heart and sew it up again with steel strings.

In their fast four years together, Truckstop Coffee has torn through a few hundred shows and had a whole lot of fun making good friends and fans. The boys have opened up for national acts like Jimmie Van Zant, The Georgia Satellites, Unknown Hinson, Drag the River, Two Cow Garage, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Corey Smith, The Red Elvises, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Magnolia Electric Co., John Ralston and more. Through plenty of blood, sweat, and backbreak, TSC has earned a reputation for delivering honest, urgent performances everywhere they play!

Current Events...
Right now the fellas are chipping away at another full-length record, For Dear Life. 12 tracks have been cut and mixed at 5 Spot Records in Orlando. A mastering session is in the works, and TSC plans to play shows through the summer and fall while shopping for a label.

TSC released a five song EP in 2004.

They celebrated their first full-length recording titled One Damn Thing To Redeem in December 2006 (available on itunes). The 10-track debut is a wanderlustful journey through a blue-highway landscape of raucous roots rock and yesteryear country. It's loud overdriven guitars. It's pedal steel and fiddle. And, it was recorded one part in southern Florida and one part in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In July '08 Pete made an 11-track home recording called Fly Far Blackbird to take on his solo acoustic stomp box tours this past summer.

What they say...
"...Truckstop Coffee has established itself as one of the top twang-rock outfits in the area (the quartet hails from Lake Worth). Led by sandpaper-but-sweet vocalist Pete Stein, the band confidently alternates between rollicking whiskey songs and somber ballads." - Wade Tatangelo - Creative Loafing - Sarasota/Tampa, FL

"Call it alt-country, Americana, roots-rock -- whatever. It's good music, period, whether you're on the road to El Paso or on the subway to Manhattan." - Jason Budjinsky - New Times

“Truckstop Coffee plants one foot in country and another one firmly in rock... The quartet revels in the rapid-fire, rockin' side of alt-country.” – Dan Sweeney - City Link Magazine

"One of the most striking things about Truckstop Coffee is that it's easy to see each member is having a blast on stage. [They] are having a great time, playing music they like and feeding off the energy of their growing audiences." - Audra Hodges - Live On Stage Magazine

Named the “Best Country Act - 2005" in southern Florida by City Link Magazine

Pete Stein - Guitar/Vocals
Caleb James - Guitar/Vocals
Bob Hershberger - Bass Guitar
Larry Fulford - Drums



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Jason Budjinski - New TimesMagazine

Subtropical Spin
Truckstop Coffee is a good enough live band — it's the reason the Palm Beach County quartet gets booked to play all those street parties in West Palm. But even so, TSC through a live PA system isn't the same as TSC recorded. One Damn Thing to Redeem is easily the band's greatest accomplishment to date, and it exemplifies all that's right with studio recording: Every piano, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica the band has added fits seamlessly into the mix, thanks to masterful knob-twiddling by Christopher Moll. And the songs themselves? There isn't a throwaway track on this disc. Guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter Pete Stein tears things up while carving out a sweet melody or two, starting with album opener "Way Down South," a scorching, Southern-rock-styled barnburner that wastes no time with polite introductions. Things slow down for a bit with the Replacements-like "Pretty Lil Smile" and the slide guitar-driven country of "Madison County." From there, it's an amalgam of uptempo romps and wispy ballads, ending with the soothing, introspective "Whiskey Shivers." Call it alt-country, Americana, roots-rock — whatever. It's good music, period, whether you're on the road to El Paso or on the subway to Manhattan. And if you're one of the first 100 to show up at Saturday's CD-release party, the album's free.

TSC-One Damn Thing to Redeem
Truckstop Coffee serves up a breed of / southern rock with songs about whiskey, women, heartache, and interstate highways. Their sound is probably best compared to fellow whiskey, women and heartache stalwarts Lucero or The Drive-by Truckers. Hailing from Lake Worth, FL, Truckstop Coffee is Pete Stein, Caleb James, Nick Orow and Venny Portalatin.

In December of 2006 they released thier debut LP (a 5 song EP was released in 2004), One Damn Thing to Redeem. Partially recorded in South Florida and part in Knoxville, Tennessee. The cd opens up with a barn burner and possibly the best track on the cd, Way Down South, which is followed by Pretty Lil’ Smile, a fantastic song that sounds like it could turn up on the next Lucero disc. The cd then downshifts and cranks up the pedal steel for Madison County a fond recollection of someone’s hometown. There are stories of lost farms, lost women, and memories made sweeter with whiskey. The cd closes with a track about something I am probably way too familiar with, Whiskey Shivers, a song about trying to get out of a town you’ve become to comfortable in. Whiskey Shivers also contains my favorite lines on the entire album:

“Whiskey bottle never got anybody very far / But it’s hard to leave town when you can walk to the bar / and take your old familiar place / You’re an old familiar face”.

Ain’t that the truth.

Although, I worry that the “whiskey soaked heartbroken miles on a midnight highway” sound might be so dominated that they may have a hard time getting noticed outside of the local market, but with over 100 shows under their belt, a gig as openers for Brooks and Dunn, and having earned the title “Best Country Band — 2005” by Florida’s Citylink Magazine would suggest otherwise.

Jesus Fernandez

Awesome Alt-Country!!!
I really love the Pete Stein\'s music.Is a must. Don\'t be a fool and buy a copy!!