‘Long Way from Home’ – George Ducas – New Album Review
UPDATED: June 20, 2024
UPDATED: June 20, 2024
George Ducas - Long Way From Home

Renowned country music artist George Ducas, celebrated for his Billboard Top 10 hit Lipstick Promises, has an impressive track record of penning successful songs for legends such as George Jones, Garth Brooks, The Chicks, and Trisha Yearwood.

Produced by the esteemed Pete Anderson, Ducas releases his most distinctive album yet, Long Way From Home. This new album showcases a side of Ducas that fans have never heard before, kickin’ it old school and reviving that 90s Bakersfield sound.

Highlights

Mr. Guitar Man kicks off the album with a pulsating country-rock vibe that sets a commanding pace right from the start. The driving force of heavy drums lays a solid foundation, while the rockin’ guitar melody undeniably steals the spotlight, aptly reflecting the song’s titular character. Ducas channels the essence of the blues with his soulful vocals, begging “Mr. Guitar Man” to join in. This call to the dance floor ensures the pretty girls are swaying along, creating a lively atmosphere where Ducas feels at home. This toe-tapping opener gets listeners stomping along, setting a high-energy tone for the rest of the album.

Nothin’ Left to Lose embodies the very heart of classic country music. You can’t have a 90s-inspired country album without heartache, lost love, and despair. Ducas moans, “I got nothing left to lose but the blues,” encapsulating the raw emotion of a love-gone-wrong ballad. The impressive electric guitar riffs and honky-tonk piano melodies pave the way for Ducas’ nostalgic and melancholic vocals. The song paints a a relatable picture of heartbreak, making it a quintessential “tear in your beer,” leaning-on-the-bar, jukebox song.

The album’s first single, Hello Fool, takes listeners on a journey through the dancehalls of yesteryear, dragging broken hearts along for the ride. The track is driven by lively fiddles and honky-tonk pianos, creating a soundscape that’s both nostalgic and invigorating. Ducas’ self-deprecating lyrics, portraying the relatable plight of clueless men in love, strike a chord with listeners… particularly me. Despite his earnest efforts, he finds himself staring at the “fool” in the mirror, a reflection of failed attempts at romance. This song masterfully balances humor, be it tragic, and heartache, making it a standout entry on the album

More Standout Tracks

The title track, Long Way From Home, is the standout and a personal favorite. This song reveals a more tender and introspective side of Ducas, with an almost eerie ambiance that underscores the narrative of a love at a moral crossroads. The contagious and unforgettable guitar melodies weave through the track, enhancing the emotional weight of Ducas’ vocals. His occasional “high and lonesome” yodel adds a haunting quality as he bares his soul in the chorus, singing, “I’m a long way from home.” This track is impactful, heartbreaking, and incredibly relatable, showcasing Ducas’ veteran ability to evoke deep emotion through his masterful songwriting.

Drifter emerges as the anthem for the rambling souls, with its poignant line “leaving for me is like coming home.” Ducas paints a vivid warning to his lover, acknowledging his inevitable letdowns, as his heart belongs on the open road. This track slightly diverges from the album’s overarching narrative, yet it resonates as a straightforward, classic country ballad. Its instrumentation and theme harken back to the days of David Alan Coe or George Jones, evoking a sense of nostalgia for the golden age of country music. The soulful cry of the fiddle and the weeping pedal steel once again take center stage, enriching the song’s narrative and enhancing its timeless allure.

Tracklist

  1. Mr. Guitar Man
  2. Cryin’ Time
  3. Nothin’ Left to Lose
  4. Do What The Lonely Do
  5. Hello Fool
  6. Long Way From Home
  7. Tears Falling Down
  8. Drifter
  9. These Empty Arms
  10. Where Oh Where
George Ducas

Photo Credit – Nathan Chapman

Final Thoughts

Fire up the DeLorean! George Ducas’ Long Way From Home is a 90s time machine.

George Ducas continues to solidify his status as a seasoned veteran in the music industry, with Long Way From Home adding yet another accolade to his impressive repertoire. The album’s predominant use of early electric sounds helps maintain a consistent theme, creating a cohesive listening experience reminiscent of a bygone era.

Teaming up with producer Pete Anderson, Ducas has crafted a uniquely authentic album that stays true to himself. The deliberate arrangements and instrumentation throughout the album effortlessly evoke the early Texas honky-tonk and 90s Bakersfield sound, showcasing Ducas’ profound understanding of traditional country music, and his signature style of songwriting.

Long Way From Home is undoubtedly a jukebox classic.

Album Release: June 21, 2024

Favorite Tracks: Long Way From Home, Drifter

RootsnRevelry Grade:                           

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