Last Train Home combines various American music forms country, blues, jazz, etc. with band enough members to field a softball team. The songs on Bound Away, written mostly by leader Eric Brace, largely evoke a back-roads feeling of melancholy and searching.
Dogs On The East Side, highlighted by Kevin Cordts gloomy trumpet, visits the lonesome world of dogs and trains in East Nashville. A pair of tribute songs, Hendersonville (an ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash) and Gravediggers Blues (told from the point of view of the late bluesman John Jackson, a onetime gravedigger), honor their subjects without resorting to cheesy sentimentality. A few appealing covers also add to the albums charm, including Bob Dylans Tonight Ill be Staying Here With You and tunes by D.C.-area songwriters Karl Straub and Kevin Johnson.