Texas Martha and the House of Twang – Long Way From Home

Texas Martha 6

Texas Martha and the House of Twang

Long Way From Home


The Band You Dream of Stumbling On in a Nashville Bar.

I just knew that I was going to love any band called Texas Martha and the House of Twang; and if you’ve read this far I’m pretty sure you will too as it is exactly what it says on the tin!

Texas Martha is Marty Fields Galloway, a native of Austin TX and now holed up in Bordeaux France; and her band is made up of some pretty serious players who have played with some real legends.

Although I’d secretly hoped that opening track Born to Boogie would be the T Rex hit; I was still bowled over by the Old School 90mph Classic Country tune that came roaring out of my speakers. A belting tune is made even better when halfway through Marty goes into Franglais/Cajun but with a heavy American accent, for a couple of choruses. Her fluent French actually comes into play later on her love song to her adopted home city with Streets of Bordeaux.

The songs come thick and fast and will provide the perfect soundtrack for family BBQ especially the Honky-Tonk stomper Take You Down and the dreamy Where The Red Grass Grows.

Don’t think for one minute this is a bog standard Country boogie album; which is certainly the veneer on the top; but if you dig even a tiny bit deeper you will find some serious messages under that fragile layer.

It’s all too easy to let Marty’s voice and the Lionel Duhaupas’ glorious pedal-steel wash over you on Lover’s Lane; but the story is just as sharp and personal as Springsteen’s The River if you listen carefully.

On Do As You’re Told; I found myself singing along with the lightweight chorus the first couple of times I heard it in the car then the Twang fuelled fog lifted and the words hit me square between the eyes like a heavyweight’s huge fist. I won’t spoil it for you; find it and you will find a song that I haven’t heard the likes of since I first discovered Loretta Lynn’s back catalogue. Trust me.

Thankfully the album closes soon afterwards with a real Roadhouse drum thumper in Gotta Move which has some scorching guitar licks coursing through its veins as Texas Martha let’s rip in her quest to become the Queen of Country music; or possibly the Queen in exile?

Just when you thought Country Music had lost it’s edge Texas Martha, Sounding a bit like Lucinda Williams’ country cousin fronting the Tennessee Three has come along and not just blown the dust off our beloved music; but given it hefty kick up the backside at the same time.


Released March 2015

9 thoughts on “Texas Martha and the House of Twang – Long Way From Home

  1. Well deserved praise there, although no mention of my favourite track on the album, Joanna, a very personal song with wonderful lyrics that really get into your brain. It’s also a track that shows Marty’s beautiful rich vocals at their best. All in all, it really is a cracking album, filled with quality tracks.


  2. I love the CD “Long Way from Home”. In fact, I never tire of it – perhaps because of the pure emotion and authenticity, the truthfulness of the lyrics and the fine musicians. I think this will be a break-out CD for the group.


  3. I think this album is full of no-nonsense, honest and mature music and lyrics…it’s brilliant and I love it! Track 10 Gotta Move really kicks ass! Looking forward to seeing Texas Martha and the House of Twang in the UK next year for sure!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.