The Trews Story Series, Part 5: Highway Of Heroes (2010)
I’ve already covered this in a post here on the KMA back in 2014, but it’s so great, we’re gonna look at it again!
Wiki gives us the details:
Following Acoustic – Friends & Total Strangers the band released the single “Highway Of Heroes”. It was inspired by the 2006 death of Capt. Nichola Goddard, the first Canadian female soldier killed in Afghanistan and a schoolmate of members of the Trews. It refers to the stretch of Highway 401 in Ontario, between CFB Trenton and downtown Toronto, where hundreds gather on bridges and overpasses to mourn soldiers killed in Afghanistan while the bodies of the fallen soldiers are transported from Trenton to the coroner’s office in downtown Toronto.
The song was made available on iTunes in Canada only, with all proceeds from the sales of the song going to the Canadian Hero Fund, a charity that provides academic scholarships to the spouses and children of soldiers killed in combat. In October 2014 “Highway of Heroes” was certified Gold in Canada for sales of over 40,000 digital downloads.
Given that, Highway Of Heroes^ is, of course, a powerful song. It has a real east coast feel to it, with fiddle and accordion rolled, but there’s a martial beat to the drums and then the bagpipes and band take a moment… Not to mention the important message in the lyrics. It resonates and just feels like all of Canada in one song. Truly (Trewly) some of the band’s best work.
It’s just fantastic all over, uplifting, thought provoking and done with care. I’ve put a link for it below, so you can hear for yourself!
The second track on this release, Highway Of Heroes “Live & Acoustic” was recorded live for XM Radio Canada on March 20, 2010 in Austin, TX.
Awesome. Watch it!