Release cover
Release cover

Tracklist.

  1. One More Number
  2. And I Do
  3. Leavin' This Town
  4. Nightingale
  5. Abilene
  6. Long Cold Winter
  7. Texas
  8. The Way That I Would Love You
  9. Locomotive

Details.

Terri Binion’s, album Leavin’ This Town was originally released on Terri’s own record label, Shinola Records. It was part of the Daemon Records’ catalogue from 1997 to 2002.

Who's Saying What

Binion is in the vein that earned Nanci Griffith the tag “folkabilly”; her lyrics tend toward the coffeehouse scene, but she’s backed variously by steel, accordion and mandolin. As the title suggests, her lyrics tend to be about the roads that connect bad and boring lives to hopeful new beginnings. Road songs are something of a cliché, but there’s a brand-new longing in Binion’s “Nightingale” as she sings of leaving Florida and dreaming of Lake Pontchartrain. But rather than just sing the praises of the highway, Binion poses tough questions. She asks “What makes a man want to get up and risk it” in “One More Number”. The best of the road songs is “Abilene”, a splendid story about driving down I-10 after an abusive incident and trying not to look back. With its tangy guitar and steel parts, it wouldn’t be out of place on country radio.

Michael Loverude, NoDepression.com