While a well-known artist in the Irish music scene, Ireland-based Davey Long does not have many solo releases to his name. He has appeared on various musicians’ albums, co-wrote songs for artists and toured extensively including support for Bob Dylan, but it is now that we hear his music in a solo project. featured on various radio stations and playlists, Long is starting to reach audiences that might not have heard about him until now – me being one of these. The latest addition to his discography is ‘Last Train To Tupelo’.
Showcasing his eclecticism and innovativeness, Long draws together various genres in his boundary-breaking song. Possibly categorised as an Americana track, he adds an element of rock to a folk meets blues and country styles. While there is a strong guitar foundation in the single, it is the pounding drums that set the beat with piano solos adding an extra “cherry on the top”. I have to admit that the instrumental solos are what draws me in with high-powered lead guitars and jazz-influenced pianos enhancing the anthemic, toe-tapping nature of ‘Last Train To Tupelo’.
Inspired by the tale of Elvis Presley, the energetic and enthusiastic melody is an upbeat tempo for a poignant, reflective song. Beneath the optimistic and jovial nature, there is a powerful plea to avoid the mistakes made by Elvis and his ultimate undoing. Long shares that ‘Last Train To Tupelo’ is “…a love song to Elvis. Despite the pressures placed on him from all sides, Elvis at heart is just a country boy”. I have to admit, I definitely agree as I listen to Elvis each Sunday and he always seemed happiest when playing gospel songs.
So, what’s my opinion on Davey Long’s sophomore single? Personally, I find it infectious, addictive and very moving without being too “over the top”. As I said, I listen to Elvis every week and I will happily add ‘Last Train To Tupelo’ to the Sunday playlist. Long may already be established but he is the one to watch in 2021.
In addition to the single, Long released an official lyrics video for ‘Last Train To Tupelo’. This video contains strobe-like lighting effects that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.