Kiefer Luttrell Explores Buddhist Traditions in “Transcendental Railroad”

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kiefer Luttrell takes listeners on a spiritual journey in his latest song “Transcendental Railroad.” The song’s enigmatic guitar melodies set the stage, immediately drawing listeners into a mysterious atmosphere, while the deliberate slow pace creates a sense of introspection. Kiefer’s soulful vocals intertwine with the storytelling lyrics, painting vivid imagery and inviting listeners to delve into the depths of his narrative. With a retro sound that pays homage to the past, the song’s clever use of minor chords shines through, evoking a wide range of emotions. Inspired by the book “DMT: The Spirit Molecule,” Kiefer explores the concept of the Bardo—a Buddhist belief of the transition between lives—reimagining it as a haunting, purgatory-like cattle drive along the historic Goodnight-Loving trail. This extraordinary journey culminates at a rail head in Cheyenne, where souls board a train to be reincarnated. “Transcendental Railroad” is a thought-provoking and evocative composition that seamlessly blends spirituality, history, and Kiefer’s artistic vision into a captivating sonic experience.

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