Doors open at 7pm.
If Turnpike Troubadours are playing in your town, you’ll know it. A block or two from the venue, you’ll see the crowds lining up. Get closer and you’ll start to hear the music — rockin’ hard, lashed by burnin’ fiddle and guitar, maybe a little rough on the edges but with a deep-rooted soul that’s impossible to resist.
And if you make it through the door, you’ll witness one of the best shows you’ll ever see.
Audiences in their home state of Oklahoma and down in Texas have known this for years. It’s no longer news when they draw 5,000-plus at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, sell out three nights in a row at Gruene Hall or turn several hundred away at the Legendary Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin.
Word has spread, though: Their shows in Chicago, St. Louis and elsewhere have pulled in impressive crowds. They’ve drawn full houses at Joe’s Pub in New York and The Troubadour in L.A., among many other nightspots from coast to coast.
There’s another side to singer/guitarist Felker, bassist RC Edwards, fiddler Kyle Nix, steel and electric guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Gabe Pearson. Away from the intensities of their show, the music speaks more intimately, which you’ll notice on their newest album, The Turnpike Troubadours. Above all, the lyrics and the stories they spin become the center of attention.
There’s “7 Oaks,” recounting a life made desperate by poverty, made more vivid by an incongruous hoedown accompaniment; “Bossier City,” focused on a sad mill worker who blows his pay regularly on gambling and booze; “The Bird Hunters,” a short story set to a Cajun waltz about friendship, love and coming home; and “How Do You Fall Out Of Love,” a melancholy meditation on lost love.
“Human beings like stories,” Felker insists. “It doesn’t matter what form, whether it be a song or a movie or a poem. And they’ve always been drawn to characters. Our songs are real life applied to stories applied back to real life. I might get a plot line from several short stories I’ve read. Then I’ll build fallible characters into the midst of all that. They’re never archetypes. They’re real. It’s all about the character.”
The Cordovas, previously listed as support, can longer make the show due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. A new opening act to be announced soon.