All is well in Oklahoma. Those are the reports from Saturday night’s (9-22) appearance by powerhouse Red Dirt band the Turnpike Troubadours after they took the stage at the Medicine Stone Festival in their hometown of Talequah, Oklahoma. After a series of canceled shows due to kidney stones suffered by frontman Evan Felker and an undisclosed personal issue affecting another member of the band, some fans began to get worried about the future of the formidable country music outfit. But Saving Country Music sleuths embedded in the Medicine Stone field and ample social media reports say the Turnpike Troubadours set Saturday night was strong.
“If you haven’t been to Medicine Stone, you’re missing out. This is a badass festival with the perfect amount laid back and party! Turnpike Troubadours killed it too!” said DJ Ben Ryan for Ft. Worth’s 95.9 The Ranch Saturday evening.
But the Medicine Stone appearance almost didn’t happen either. Heavy weather moved into Oklahoma on Friday when the Turnpike Troubadours were originally scheduled to headline, forcing them to move their slot to Saturday where they played right ahead of Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and right after Flatland Cavalry. Jason Boland and the Turnpike Troubadours are the primary hosts and organizers of Medicine Stone. The other Friday performances of the festival were forced inside due to the inclement weather, but no sets were canceled.
“We’re so happy to be here at the end of Medicine Stone ladies and gentlemen,” Evan Felker said during the band’s set. “We dreamed for a long time about getting to do a festival in Oklahoma, especially in a place this pretty. Really happy with how it came out. Thank y’all for surviving the rainstorm.”
Another positive sign for Turnpike fans is they just added some new shows to their calendar, including appearances at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana on October 26th, as well as shows in Virginia at The National in Richmond on December 12th, and in Norfork on December 13th. Their next show is at The Varsity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on September 27th.
See the full tour dates for the Turnpike Troubadours below.
Thu, SEP 27 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
Fri, SEP 28 – Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo – Rosenberg, TX
Sat, SEP 29 – John T. Floore’s Country Store – Helotes, TX
Thu, OCT 04 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
Fri, OCT 05 – Sprint Pavilion – Charlottesville, VA
Sat, OCT 06 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Fri, OCT 12 – Harvest Maroon Fest – College Station, TX
Sat, OCT 13 – The Blue Light Live Street Concert – Lubbock, TX
Thu, OCT 18 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
Fri, OCT 19 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sat, OCT 20 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Sat, OCT 27 – Ziegenbock Music Fest – Corpus Christi, TX
Thu, NOV 01 – The Athenaeum Theatre – Columbus, OH
Fri, NOV 02 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
Sat, NOV 03 – Deluxe at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Thu, NOV 08 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
Fri, NOV 09 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
Sat, NOV 10 – Suck Bang Blow – Murrells Inlet, SC
Wed, NOV 14 – Monarch Music Hall – Peoria, IL
Thu, NOV 15 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Fri, NOV 16 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Sat, NOV 17 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO
Fri, NOV 23 – Billy Bob’s – Fort Worth, TX
Fri, NOV 30 – ACL Live at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
Sat, DEC 01 – ACL Live at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
Wed, DEC 12 – The National – Richmond, VA
Thu, DEC 13 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
Sat, DEC 15 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
Jan 31, 2019 – Mile 0 Fest – Key West, FL