It Happened In Tulsa: The Turnpike Troubadours Reunite
Worry no more. The boys from Oklahoma are alright. Actually, they’re a fair bit better than alright. And at about 9:50 p.m. Tulsa Time Friday, April 8th, they officially reunited at the corner of Easton and Main, on the Cain’s Ballroom stage. Everything a fan could have hoped for transpired. Nothing anyone may have feared materialized. The Turnpike Troubadours have regained their place as the greatest band in country music at the moment, one of the greatest acts live you can see, and the spearhead in the independent music revolution helping to save country music.
It’s not hyperbole to report that some were physically weeping. Detractors, roll your eyes all you want. This set of eyes was there to see it for himself. Hell, the 15 second clip of them coming out on stage and launching into “Every Girl” has folks getting steamy eyed alone. It’s all happening. Again. And all is right in the world, and least when it concerns the Turnpike Troubadours.
The moment the Turnpike Troubadours took the stage at Cain’s Ballroom, officially ending their hiatus. pic.twitter.com/bCeZmOyYFu— Saving Country Music (@KyleCoroneos) April 9, 2022
For years, fans of the Turnpike Troubadours looked upon the band’s sustainable, yet measured and moderate name recognition and success in country music with surprise and bewilderment. Fans knew the Turnpike Troubadours were the greatest country band in the world, and they couldn’t comprehend how everyone else had not woken up to that fact yet. Even more bewildering is how it took the band’s slow and painful descent, disillusion, and indefinite hiatus amid an existential crisis for the band to finally realize the recognition we all knew they deserved.
None of us here in the present tense have any clue just hell is going on here. Sure, there’s the naturally pent-up appetite for a band that hasn’t been touring for a few years. But due to COVID, that’s in no way mutually exclusive to the Turnpike Troubadours. Yes, we were all forced to reckon with the idea that there may never be anymore Turnpike shows or music. But it wasn’t like they were selling out large rooms coast to coast before any of this.
Now the Turnpike Troubadours are one of the hottest tickets in music. Fans were apoplectic when they couldn’t obtain tickets to the band’s first announced shows back at Red Rocks in Colorado. They shut down ticketing servers and websites after announcing a second round of shows. Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth had massive stars play there during the pandemic—Hank Jr., Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock. Arena and amphitheater acts for crying out loud. But the demand for Turnpike Troubadours tickets far surpassed all of them.
You had to know though, when it came to Turnpike’s first show back, the only appropriate place was in Tulsa, on the corner of Easton and Main, at Cain’s Ballroom.
According to Cain’s, some 70,000 individual queries came in for tickets when they announced their first two dates back would be April 8th and 9th at the historic venue, which has been an operating dance hall for 90 years. When Saving Country Music stopped by the venue at 11:00 a.m., there was already a cue of patrons waiting to get in. They already had their tickets. They just wanted to be there first. Matt Forrest from Arkansas was first in line. He’d driven there to attend with his buddy Matt Westerman who’d driven 11 hours from Minnesota. Also in line were two brothers Rye and Fin Hewitt who’d flown in from Vermont. By 6:00 p.m., and an hour before they opened the doors, the line snaked around the block.
1,800 tickets were sold, and every one of those 1,800 people were there early waiting to get in. They weren’t missing a second of this experience. When the doors flung wide, the line for merch stretched the length of the Cain’s Ballroom floor, and into the restaurant.
Hungry Turnpike Troubadours fans didn’t need a frenzy whipped into them, but it didn’t hurt that The Vandoliers were on hand to help lubricate the gears, and who better to commence a party than these dudes with their punk-infused country roots punctuated by trumpet blasts. Super tight after opening huge shows for Flogging Molly, they were the right fit for the evening, and one of numerous opening band beneficiaries to this swelling Turnpike phenomenon.
Then Turnpike came out themselves, launching into “Every Girl.” The roar both before and afterwards—and at other times during the set—was louder than any other experienced at any other live music event, at least to this set of ears. Ears are still ringing, and it’s not from the mains. It’s from the crowd. Even the Turnpike guys were looking at each other with big grins and bewilderment. They were expecting a warm reception. Nobody was expecting this.
Naturally, one of the biggest points of interest is how Evan Felker fared. After all, it was his combination of stage fright and alcohol that put Turnpike in peril in the first place. He was animated, energetic, and most importantly, healthy and happy.
Evan Felker was never meant to be some superstar. It all just happened off the resonance of his words, and the amazing kinship forged with his band mates. He’s a poet, a farm boy, an Oklahoman. But there’s something about the way he’s able to put all of our lives into words and rhyme that undoubtedly deserves to be elevated to the highest reaches. Because it’s medicine for so many of us, and should be medicine for so many more.
But the reason this band works so well—and now finally has found their place as one of the hottest acts in music—is because it’s a supergroup all unto itself, which became evident during their hiatus. Evan Felker is the soul of the band, but bass player RC Edwards has always been the beating heart, as well as the other songwriter who some forget to give credit to, including writing some of the band’s biggest songs like “Easton and Main.” He also has a side project, RC and the Ambers.
Fiddler Kyle Nix proved during the downtime he can be a solo artist, songwriter, and bandleader himself any time he chooses. We knew he was the steady rudder of Turnpike, who wasn’t shy stepping up the energy when Evan began to falter. Smart and talented, Turnpike would not be Turnpike without him. Same for lead guitarist Ryan Engleman, who provides the essential sound of the Turnpike Troubadours, which is distinctly country, but with that critical rock edge that makes them unique.
“Hammerin'” Hank Early might be the best instrumentalist of the lot, transitioning from steel guitar, to banjo, to accordion with deftness and purpose. And ol’ Gabriel Pearson, who never enough is made of, and few photos surface of since he’s back there behind the cymbals and drums (including here), he’s just doing his thing, which in a country band, is not to be noticed as the drummer. But he’s the one holding it all together, and driving it forward with both energy and feel.
As for what they performed, you can find the full track list below. It started strong and never ceased. Even though the set was front loaded with some of their biggest hits, the energy never relented. The crowd knew every song and sang along. RC Edwards took a turn at the mic singing his signature “Drunk, High, and Loud.” Some wondered if Kyle Nix might sing a few, but not at this time. It was a Turnpike Troubadours show, with a similar approach to the ones you may have seen before the hiatus, but with an energy and chemistry that sometimes was missing before, except heightened more than ever previous.
And no, there weren’t any new songs played. Though at one point, Evan Felker—who spoke very little aside from some thank you’s—did seem to drop a slight hint new music may be on the way at some point. But they will announce that stuff in their time, and to their liking. It will undoubtedly happen though, even if it may be closer to 2023 than tomorrow.
In the interim, the Turnpike Troubadours have big return shows at Billy Bob’s Texas, Floore’s Country Store, Red Rocks, and scores of festivals and other appearances all around the country scheduled for this summer. If what happened at Cain’s Ballroom was any indication, fans have a lot to look forward to.
But the greatest takeaway from the experience is to never give up hope. In anything. Whether that’s your favorite band getting back together, or that person in your life that you love finally finding the equilibrium in life to keep it on track. Life is hard, especially for the most brilliant and creative among us. Love is often messy. But the Turnpike Troubadours persevered. Because the brotherhood and chemistry this band has forged just can’t be torn asunder, and is something wholly unique to this world.
With no effort at embellishment, what happened in Tulsa will go down in history—for the historical venue of Cain’s Ballroom, for the Turnpike Troubadours, for independent country music, and for country music in general. It was that paramount, and that profound.
Easton and Main
A Tornado Warning
Good Lord Lorrie
The Bird Hunters
Something To Hold On To
Pay No Rent
Gin, Smoke, Lies
Diamonds and Gasoline
Drunk, High, Loud (RC Edwards)
Long Hot Summer Day
Long Drive Home
April 9, 2022 @ 9:21 am
Really wish there would’ve been a live stream. I could watch that intro to Every Girl on a loop for eternity
April 9, 2022 @ 10:04 am
Same. I was BEGGING for one. And I don’t even want to explore how much I would’ve paid to watch!
April 9, 2022 @ 10:14 am
Making no promises at all, but I did see they had set up a mic on the crowd at the edge of the stage. I’m sure they have a recording of the show, if for nothing else than posterity. May never see the light of day publicly, but it was a flawless set. I’m just not sure Cain’s is set up right for a live stream. Red Rocks has all the camera bays and stuff for something like that. We have to remember, this was their first show back. This was basically supposed to be a practice run in front of the hometown crowd.
18 Dales and a dozen comments
April 9, 2022 @ 1:23 pm
Triggin’ on Tulsa time?
April 9, 2022 @ 6:33 pm
10, i say, ten pts
April 9, 2022 @ 9:23 am
Man, we NEEDED this. Especially after the last couple of years.
April 9, 2022 @ 9:34 am
I wish TT played longer than a 90 minute set though. I know that’s becoming the norm set time, but for fans who travelled so far and paid so much financially, a 90-minute set seems light.
I’m from the age a headliner played at least 2 hours.
I read Jack White at his favorite venue in his hometown of Detroit played a 15-song set (and got married during the set) last night. Even stretching those songs out maybe that set clocked at 75 minutes? I saw him with The Raconteurs in 07 or 08 in Detroit and it was still daylight when we were exiting the venue!
I blame all these festivals where artists regularly play 30-70 minute sets and get paid. They get used to shorter sets and getting paid (and maybe the our shorter attention spans). It seems only the old guard play 2+ hour sets anymore.
April 9, 2022 @ 9:42 am
Yeah I was surprised I counted 20 songs? Most artists I see have been doing 22-23 as the norm and especially after a break like theirs. Leave ‘em wanting more I guess but I really thought they might go all night 😂 Glad it was a great time for all who went.
April 9, 2022 @ 10:03 am
Oh quit nitpicking and just enjoy this.
April 9, 2022 @ 12:31 pm
Not “nitpicking.” It was an industry wide observation. If there was going to be any night TT played longer than 90 minutes, I was hoping it was this one to reflect the importance of the night.
April 10, 2022 @ 2:09 am
Please remember they have not played together in soooooooo long and….. cast and crew all came about just 4 days ago, tuesday rehearsals Tuesday Wednesday at the Vangard (Best coffee shop right next-door and across the street from the Hanson brothers record company three car garage records Tulsa flipping rocks main street freaking rocks ) day off Thursday and then the weekend that you witnessed:)
We will be back I hope like PHISH LIVE:)
April 10, 2022 @ 2:15 am
Thebacklinecountryclub YouTube and IG
April 10, 2022 @ 6:15 pm
Man, have you lead a sheltered life.
April 11, 2022 @ 1:38 pm
Some people truly can’t read between lines, and only read what they see.
Far from sheltered, one should do there research before one should comment.
Peace and love,
April 11, 2022 @ 5:44 pm
☮ & ♥️
April 12, 2022 @ 2:26 am
Love the UFC Cat Ju jitsu video.
Have a black kitty – his name is Merlin.
Hope you are still taking flying lessons, or have your pilot’s license.
My brother is a pretty badass pilot. Currently Letterman’s pilot, along with flying Graham and Bobby Rahal around on the racing circuit. Saw you mentioned Bob & Tom, on your site.
Thought i would extend an olive branch, apologize for my earlier comment.
April 13, 2022 @ 9:37 am
Yesterday was The GREAT David Letterman’s birthday:) 4-12. (& a whacky B&T show)
There was only ONE reason I had a TV in my bedroom the only reason was to turn it on at 10:35 PM Monday through Friday, May 2015 was sad sad sad SAD! not only did David letterman say goodbye to us all but Bob Kevoyain from the great Bob and Tom show retired too. The value of Latenight has sunk.
I would love to have a beer with Donny Baker and Josh Arnold over the top funny.
As far as flying, No I am sorry:( I soloed and was working on cross country ground school, when life keeps getting in the way. I dream and pray and I will Finnish one day. Ugggg!
RAHAUL LETTERMAN RACING flipping RULES!!! Tell your brother I said hi 🙂 FUN FACT?!? CARROT TOP, his brother flys for Southwest:)
Olive branch, they grow on trees??? Hah!
First off…… salami and black olive(MY FAVORITE) on a pizza absolutely fantastic. the Kalamata olive in an antipasto salad over the top delicious and do not sleep on the bloody Mary whatever that little green olive is called they are delicious I love olives:)
Your text makes me smile 🙂
By the way that’s how I sign off on all my crap since high school (I don’t think I can hand write a letter anymore spelling has always been be soooo bad California public schools) ha!
Peace and Love:)
Ps UFC cat jujitsu you really like? Heck yes!!!! Those are my vegan cats!?oh?!? wait a minute, WHAT! ha ha.
Sorry for the book long reply 🙂
April 15, 2022 @ 6:59 pm
Of course! Love your UFC Ju Jitsu cat video.
It is Hilarious
April 11, 2022 @ 3:07 pm
Totally agree. Lets all give thanks that Evans is back, better than ever and the Band picked up where they left off – maybe even better. He look so fresh and happy…big smiles to the crowd. Long live TT!
April 9, 2022 @ 10:10 am
That’s a fair concern. But I will say, I don’t think ANYONE walked away last night unsatisfied. About the only song I was kind of expecting but didn’t get was “Empty as a Drum,” and it might have been cool for Kyle Nix to sing a song. Aside from that, I’m just not sure how much more you could want. Also, the Vandoliers played for 45 minutes, not 20 or 30, so that gave you 2 hours, 15 minutes of music total.
April 9, 2022 @ 4:07 pm
It’s not a perfect TT set for me without “Pipe Bomb Dream.”
April 11, 2022 @ 5:39 am
My only question is what the hell happened during Long Drive Home?? He forgot more than a fair share of words during the second verse. Thats one of the most recognizable too at this point I imagine
April 11, 2022 @ 8:55 am
I did not notice that. But when it was clear they were doing an encore, I moved to the back of the room from the side of the stage to take some crowd photos, and was more focused on that. If he flubbed the words, that would be the one flaw on the night. Again, I think we need to appreciate that they haven’t played a live show together in a few years, and this was literally just supposed to be a warmup. It’s only because demand for tickets has gone insane that the weight of this show became so huge.
April 11, 2022 @ 9:04 am
@Josey and Trigger,
Do you think it possible that he became emotional, taking in the significance of being back with his buds, and was just gathering himself during that time?
It had to have been an emotional night
April 9, 2022 @ 11:07 am
The Rolling Stones play for 2.5 hours fer gawd’s sake.
I’m glad they’re back, but I think there’s a little hyperbole involved and does some disservice to bands like Mike and the Moonpies who didn’t put their fans through all kind of drama, just kept grinding and making (great) music.
Still I am glad they’re back and I hope I get the chance to do a beer and a shot and sing along to Gin, Smoke and Lies at least one more time.
April 9, 2022 @ 11:52 am
There’s a reason that I drove all the way to Tulsa to witness this thing myself. What’s happening simply in regards to the demand for tickets in unparalleled. I really have no idea what is driving this, but I wanted to get my nose in it as deep as possible. There is no hyperbole happening here. I still don’t think we have our heads around the scope. But this thing has taken a turn like we haven’t seen from an independent country band before. It’s like Zach Bryan’s Beatlemania, times two.
April 9, 2022 @ 12:01 pm
Well maybe more people should have affairs with a celebrity and get their names in the news and we can compare that outcome to this.
April 9, 2022 @ 12:29 pm
It’s by far the country music story of the year (so far). I’m not surprised by the demand. TT had a feverish, loyal fan base that was starving for their return for 3 years. Fanatics are driving from all around the country to attend these shows. We’ll see if it’s sustainable for the long haul. It’s better for country music if it is.
April 11, 2022 @ 8:57 am
The Rolling Stones also have 60 years of music to cover. Turnpike basically has 10. They could have done a couple more songs, I agree. I don’t think we need 2 1/2 hours from the Turnpike Troubadours though.
April 11, 2022 @ 11:04 am
Fair. Ticket prices are a little different too.
I think my point is that they are pushing 80 and still rock for 2.5. TT could throw in a couple of covers by their influences. Fans would love that.
I’d love to be able to go to the Red Rocks shows.
April 10, 2022 @ 12:51 pm
It’s the Festival and Casino effect. Most Casinos only allow for an hour and twenty-five minute set. They pay high fees, but they want those fans back out gambling and losing way more money than the Casino paid for the entertainment. Now acts are getting lazy and expecting to play shorter sets for the same money everywhere. It’s a joke. That being said, I understand why the band only did 90 minutes, and I doubt it had anything to do with being away so long, rust or any of that kind of stuff.
I don’t think Hop was being nitpicky, it’s a fair question. As Hop pointed out, it’s becoming an industry wide issue. The fan boys and girls who touch themselves over the thought of their favorite bands and artists would pay $400 or even more to see a 30 minute set. As KGD pointed out, The Stones play for an 2.5 hours, and Mick and Keith are pushing 80! Ronnie Wood isn’t a young pup, either. The big industry machine is all about fleecing people, and many acts are more than willing to follow this model.
April 11, 2022 @ 9:50 am
I agree. Saw Eric Church (before the cancellation fiasco) and he played 3 hours. It was awesome.
April 12, 2022 @ 8:55 am
When I saw Cody Jinks in Columbia, he put on his Facebook he would go 9:30-11:00. Them when 11:00 get there, he said we believe going 2 hours and played for 40 more minutes. It was awesome.
April 12, 2022 @ 9:26 am
I’ve attended a Jink show where he did the same – Stage AE (08 or 09) – and it was a strict curfew venue. It was the first of the two nights playing there (I don’t know if that played into it or not). Jinks does play 2 hrs + and probably only one of the new guard that faithfully do (although I’m mad at him at the time). That is a good example.
April 9, 2022 @ 9:55 am
Great band and a great comeback. Also a great write-up… not often you get both asunder and paramount in the same article.
Toilet Destroyer 69
April 10, 2022 @ 11:49 am
I’m torn asunder by my paramount need to drop a deuce.
April 9, 2022 @ 10:05 am
I was looking forward to this piece, Trigg. Thank you for writing it. Will forever be etched in history, right alongside the performance itself.
April 9, 2022 @ 10:21 am
Nice to see them back!
I know you don’t like to rate things, but who would you say are best country bands:
Turnpike Troubadours, Mike & the Moonpies, The Wilder Blue, and whom else?
April 9, 2022 @ 11:23 am
I’m not qualified to “rate” per se. Haven’t seen nearly everybody, but Mike and the Moonpies don’t need to take a back seat to anyone, both in the studio and live.
April 9, 2022 @ 11:33 am
49 Winchester is awesome
April 9, 2022 @ 2:16 pm
49 will blow your mind live.
April 9, 2022 @ 3:23 pm
April 9, 2022 @ 11:49 am
I still think that Mike and the Moonpies are probably still the greatest live band going right now in country music, but Turnpike might be the greatest band overall. Of course, this is all arbitrary and based on taste. What the Moonpies do is unparalleled in technicality and energy, but Turnpike has those emotional moments born from the songwriting that put them at another level. When I looked over halfway through the show last night and there were grown ass men choking back tears, that says something about the kind of connection you’re making.
April 9, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
April 10, 2022 @ 5:44 pm
This is just me but I think Randy Rogers is better live than the Moonpies. Cody Jinks too. I will gladly see either though and so excited that Turnpike is back.
April 10, 2022 @ 7:59 pm
Well, seeing how Randy Rogers and Cody Jinks are drawing way more at their shows than Mike and the Moonpies, it’s probably not just you. There’s a lot that goes into what makes someone their “favorite” band or artist to see.
Billy Strings also deserves to be somewhere in this conversation.
April 9, 2022 @ 10:31 am
Once again you absolutely nailed the details Trigg
Thanks for sharing this whole trip and RIP Billy Joe Shaver.
April 9, 2022 @ 11:16 am
Have a pair available for 2nd night at red rocks. Front row center. Must meet at shows and enter via HC lot with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in making a sincere offer you can honor. Thank you.
April 9, 2022 @ 11:17 am
Great review! I’m glad they are back and looking healthy and happy.
April 9, 2022 @ 11:21 am
I would have opened to “The Bird Hunters.” Just saying. Greatest opening ever to a song.
Unfortunately, that “Drunk Loud” song survived the hiatus. RC, I love your music but that tune is a dud. Sing your “Ballad of Ned Christie” instead. Great shanty.
Can’t wait for the new music to drop. Glad to have the boys back in action.
April 9, 2022 @ 12:20 pm
It’s sad that the rest of the world doesn’t know about the talent and excitement of this band that they are oblivious to. But also, it’s nice that they are the best kept secret that we can enjoy for the time being. Best wishes to Evan and the band!
April 9, 2022 @ 2:03 pm
Damn happy for A happy and healthy return life is precious and to be able to do music again sober is a blessing. God bless Evan and the Troubadours for bringing it once again. Obviously they were missed!!!
April 9, 2022 @ 3:31 pm
How I wish I was there.
April 9, 2022 @ 3:43 pm
I am happy for them.
April 9, 2022 @ 3:43 pm
“The Bird Hunters”. Love the song because I are one. What an anthem.
April 9, 2022 @ 3:52 pm
Saving Country Music Song of the Year alumnus.
April 9, 2022 @ 5:28 pm
April 9, 2022 @ 7:59 pm
I’m convinced it was inspired by Hemingway’s Three Day Blow.
April 9, 2022 @ 7:48 pm
For me this is the one that explains the magic. First time I heard it, couldn’t focus on much else for a day or so. Like slapped upside the head suddenly remembering those old reel-to-reel movies that got busted out on holidays. EF and his cohorts pen lyrics that I can’t imagine being possible without “living it” or at least being close to folks who have. In a world where so much music, most of it, sounds like limp lip drool singing nonsense to a synthetic beat after a massive shot of Novocain right in the tongue..:.a lot of their stuff sounds like the sonic version of a cold, clean glass of water.
April 9, 2022 @ 5:56 pm
Got ticket to see them in June and I am crying already.
April 9, 2022 @ 7:11 pm
I think sunday morning paper is one of the best ever written
April 9, 2022 @ 7:12 pm
wanted tickets for my boy and i but they were going for over $400
April 9, 2022 @ 9:48 pm
RC Edwards wrote some of their best songs and hardly gets credit. So glad you mentioned that.
April 10, 2022 @ 11:50 am
We went to one of their final shows before the hiatus. Couldn’t have been more than 200 people in a facility that can seat several thousand. Waited an hour, and they said the show was cancelled with no explanation. Rumor among security staff was not enough tickets sold, which was believable until the next couple shows also cancelled. Delighted to see them back, but the huge demand for tickets is amazing given the lack of interest near the end of the first run.
April 10, 2022 @ 12:08 pm
Great writing, but I howled with laughter when I read these quotes (talk about hype):
“The Turnpike Troubadours have regained their place as the greatest band in country music at the moment, one of the greatest acts live you can see, and the spearhead in the independent music revolution helping to save country music.”
“With no effort at embellishment, what happened in Tulsa will go down in history—for the historical venue of Cain’s Ballroom, for the Turnpike Troubadours, for independent country music, and for country music in general. It was that paramount, and that profound.”
The boys in TT are extremely talented, and it’s good to see Evan back healthy and, hopefully, happy, but this is one of the most overrated bands. As Proofreeder pointed out above, the band’s final shows before they blew apart like the SpaceShuttle were severely undersold. The demand for tickets will slow down once the hardcore fans and hype followers settle down, and they are not the greatest country band in the world. And they are not saving anything. Lol.
Fire away all you fan boys and girls. 😉
April 10, 2022 @ 5:50 pm
Jimmy, I understand your point(s) but the ticket demand is proving it is not over-hyped. My biggest argument against is that I am not sure they are a true country band. I love them, but they are not Dwight Yoakam, etc.
April 10, 2022 @ 8:07 pm
People were predicting the ticket hype would die off after Red Rocks. Then the predicted it would die off after they announced Cain’s, Billy Bob’s, and Floore’s. Then they said it would die off after they announced a bunch of festival appearances. Still, ticket demand is crazy.
This is not hype. I drove seven hours to Tulsa, and seven hours back just to verify this. I have never heard a crowd roar so loud. I’ve been poking around social media, seeing what other attendees said. They also said the roar of the crowd was the loudest thing they have ever experienced. I had ear protection in, and not some foam or those ones for music that let some frequencies through, but the ones they sell for hunting/shooting that I use when I’m in the photo pit right in front of the stage. My ears are still ringing from Friday night.
I know it’s easy to look upon those quotes as hyperbole. I knew that’s how some would take them when I wrote them. But I was there, and that’s what I felt. Will it cool off at some point? Perhaps. But right now, it’s the hottest thing in independent country music, and by a large margin.
April 11, 2022 @ 5:17 am
It’s completely possible that ticket demand will grow from here, especially if the shows continue to blow attendees away and they tell their friends.
Demand for live shows is very high right now for obvious reasons. And the strategic festival appearances can add a lot of new folks to the base.
April 11, 2022 @ 10:44 pm
Nothing compares to being there (I recall seeing Guns N’ Roses in ’88 before the band had broken big, there were two thousand people at the venue. It was raw and emotional and real. So I get that the adrenaline pumping through your veins was high octane.
I give you props for the long drive and for a great write up. I still think this band is driven more by hype than earth-shattering music. But I’m happy for their success, and hope it continues and they all stay clean and healthy. There’s no greater story than people coming back from the brink better than they were before.
April 10, 2022 @ 4:33 pm
Glad you made the trip up to Tulsa. When history is being made, it is great to have an account of events. I will cherish even more the time I saw them at a small venue in Bloomington, Indiana.
April 10, 2022 @ 7:13 pm
History. Lol. 🙄
April 10, 2022 @ 7:46 pm
I got tickets for the Sat night show in Tulsa and went. I feel like I won the god damn music lottery, I know how fortunate I was to be there and an appreciated every minute of it.
April 10, 2022 @ 8:08 pm
LOL……….Plenty of tickets left here Jimmy for Willie, Turnpike, and that savior of saviors Zach Bryan………. anyone can still buy a ticket and wait in line for general admission and get front row!!! Of course that’s August………. a long time from now. Probably won’t sell out? I dunno. Good for them though, they look and sound great………I’ve got my ticket………..Wouldn’t miss it for the world…….. or a lucrative day at work??? It is a Thursday here you know.
April 10, 2022 @ 8:34 pm
That Windy City Smokeout is a big outlier. It’s a huge site that can facilitate a massive crowd, it’s right in Chicago and hotels in the area are insanely expensive and/or impossible to book, and it’s not exactly like Chicago is a bastion for independent country fans. And since the put the independent artists on Thursday and Sunday, it’s really tough to justify a 4-day trip for 2 days on music, especially when the lineup each day is only a few bands. Great event for locals, but few will travel to it.
April 11, 2022 @ 4:38 am
You’re right on all accounts heck I doubt many locals are even buying the 4 day pass. A bastion for independent country we are not but for the folks who live a few hours away….not 11……lol (you’re a trooper taking that ride!!) they can certainly come and make a day or 2 of it and get a cheap hotel room a half hour away from the fest near O’Hare. Might even be somebody good playing a smaller venue the Fri or Sat following making it at least worth something to think about. Hey….at least they booted Mitchell Tenpenny from the line up.
April 11, 2022 @ 5:52 am
Agree with Trigger. Windy City pretty much never sells out. Last year was probably the first year I heard people couldn’t get a ticket for a couple days before the Saturday show and I think a lot of that had to do with it being one of the first big live music events in Chicago since the lockdowns.
I went in 2018 to see Turnpike there and they had a great crowd for that show. I’m sure Thursday will be plenty packed. If Turnpike played a Friday or Saturday show at Aragon, the show would probably easily sell out, but Windy City is its own thing.
April 11, 2022 @ 8:32 am
Chicago, being one of the most notorious U.S. murder capitals, certainly does not help draw the crowds.
April 11, 2022 @ 12:41 pm
I can’t say I’m surprised I couldn’t get a ticket. People we’re flying in all over the country for this show. I hope the hype dies down a little bit so I can catch a show soon lol
King Honky Of Crackershire
April 11, 2022 @ 5:04 pm
Dadgum it’s a pity how easily impressed you people are. What a shame.
April 11, 2022 @ 7:33 pm
I’ve resisted the music festivals that take place pretty close to me but TT are coming to one this summer. I don’t want to pay for the whole day, be required to show up early for their set and only get 3-4 songs. But having never been to one, I don’t know what to expect from a headliner.
April 11, 2022 @ 7:37 pm
Music festival headliner is usually going to play 90 minutes, which in the case of Turnpike will translate to about 20 songs. Most other performances will be 45 minutes or an hour, dependent on the format.
April 12, 2022 @ 6:11 pm
Thanks, that reply might have sold a couple more Floydfest tix.
April 11, 2022 @ 9:16 pm
I can’t believe I was able to snag tickets for only 20 bucks a pop up here in MN figured they’d be way higher. Can’t wait to see em again!
April 12, 2022 @ 12:56 am
Garbage concert and garbage band (I didn’t go). Imagine crying over TT?
April 12, 2022 @ 7:00 am
It is so weird that some people seem grumpy that Turnpike is really popular and selling out shows. I don’t really understand it.
I was there for night 2 and it was a night I will never forget. Turnpike is an Oklahoma institution so them returning after a long hiatus at a place like Cain’s was a really big deal around here. I’ve never been to a concert with that kind of energy in the crowd.
April 12, 2022 @ 8:02 am
The biggest adversity to an independent artist is success. Some want to feel exclusive in their fandom, and as soon as an artist or band starts blowing up, the chirping starts.
April 12, 2022 @ 5:32 pm
I’m not gonna lie, I teared up a bit when I saw the footage of them coming out that first night. I can only imagine how I’ll lose my shit when I see them next month.
I never saw any of the shambolic shows back in the day. I mean, there were a couple where Evan would mumble a bit here and there, but I never saw them do a less than incredible show. That being said, is it just me, or does he have way more energy onstage now?
In any case, I’m so looking forward to seeing this mighty band again in May, in Houston. #turnpikeforever