are you going to attend TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS with Cordovas ? No one is attending yet.Yes, I am
$30 advance/ $35 day of show
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 with Joe Firstman, Lucca Soria, Jon Loyd and Graham Spillman will open with a sound that is rooted in harmony, songwriting and musicianship.
Firstman released two albums on Atlantic Records in the early 2000s including the acclaimed War of Women. Des Moines’ songsmith, Lucca Soria writes, sings and plays lead guitar. He has several compositions on the forthcoming Cordovas album. Keyboardist Jon Loyd, a native of Macon, GA, sings high notes and possesses a piano style that makes the band’s sound at once recognizable and unforgettable. Born in Redondo Beach California, Graham Spillman is on drums and also sings and pens tunes for the group.
Cordovas will release a new full length album produced by two-time Grammy nominee, Kenneth Pattengale of Milk Carton Kids this spring.
Jamie Ruben, Nashville legend and owner of the storied music venue, Family Wash says of the band, “They’re fantastic! Beautiful and real music, a rarity these days.”