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The highway theme running through Sister Hazel’s eighth studio album suits these veteran road warriors. After 17 years together, they know the ups and downs of being a full-time touring unit, and their intimacy with the subject makes for a strong set of songs. Establishing this lyrical narrative to focus on gives them plenty of room to do what they do best, which is to craft catchy, hook-filled roots-rock with a subtle Southern twang. All five members wrote songs for the album, which includes a mix of rockers (“Great Escape,” “She’s Got a Hold On Me”), touching mid-tempo numbers (“Far Away,” “At Your Worst”), and gentle ballads (“The Saddest Song”) that touch on a range of emotions. Perhaps the most interesting and ambitious songs on Heartland Highway are the closing-song trilogy “Lessons In Love, Hope, and Faith,” parts 1-3, in which they look honestly and openly at what it means to be separated from family while out doing what you love. Their ability to grow and mature without falling prey to predictability is admirable. Loyal Hazelnuts should enjoy the ride along the Heartland Highway.

Customer Reviews

Mediocrity on the level of Lift....

5 stars for the band, 2 stars for the album. Wow, after what I felt was their second strongest album with "Release", we get a follow up album with a collection of songs that sound rushed and forced to production. Come on guys, I know you are better than this! This has to be the worst album since "Lift". That said, there are a few good numbers on here like Drew Copeland's "Where You're Going", and the first two to three songs on the album are decent. Also, the Lessons in Love trilogy is ok. The thing about it is none of these songs sound like a hit song you'd enjoy listening to at a concert the way EVERY song on Release, Somewhere More Familiar, and Fortress were.

Agree with Captain_t.. mediocre..

I have been a fan since the beginning, I felt that it was hard to follow up after Somewhere more familiar..there have been some excellent contributions since then on various albums.. Bam was (to me) starting the slide away from what has made you guys a great band. I liked Lift a lot, it really grew on me..The last 2 not so much..
I am not sure if you are rushing the music..but there is not the gut wrenching soul in your work in recent times. Figure it out boys.. I I can't let this one off the hook..

This will be the first piece of music from SH that I will not be buying.


A truly great Sister Hazel Album

Another great song cycle from an amazing band. They remain consistently great even after two decades on the road and in the studio. Their sound is comforting; like an old friend who comes back to visit with new stories from the road every year. This is easily the most democratic band in music. Though Ken Block is the lead singer and de facto spokesperson for the band, each member is crucial to its success. Ryan Newell's crisp leads and slide guitar give this mellow sound its distinctive edge. Drew Copeland's voice, harmonies and keyboards give them remarkable depth. Jett Beres provides a smooth, agile baseline and Mark Trojanowski quietly provides the strong backbeat that supports this sound. I've been a fan of this band for years - they have been the soundtrack of my adult life and they never disappoint. Another consistently wonderful collection of songs to keep you company on your journey, wherever it may lead you.


Formed: 1993 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining elements of acoustic rock, folk, and jangle pop, Sister Hazel formed in 1993 in Gainesville, Florida. The band's five members all boasted ties to the city's local scene: Vocalist/guitarist Ken Block and guitarist/vocalist Andrew Copeland canvassed the coffee shop circuit as a duo, lead guitarist Ryan Newell honed his chops with the local band Waterdog, bassist Jett Beres studied his instrument while pursuing a degree in architecture, and drummer Mark Trojanowski played with several Florida-based...
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