All you have to do to turn your friends and family into Turnpike Troubadours fans is to play them the music. If there was one artist, one band out there that can bridge all gaps between your pop country friends to your hard rock buddies, it’s Turnpike. Young or old, male or female, city, country, or suburban, the music resonates with all.
This week in a Sports Illustrated article about New York Giants backup quarterback Davis Webb, it was revealed he’s been turning the entire team onto the Turnpike Troubadours as the team’s official DJ for practice, meetings, and other functions. And to speak to Davis Webb’s success rate, apparently Giants starting QB and 2-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is one of the biggest converts.
“Webb also has an office playlist, for when he and Manning are spending long hours in the quarterback’s room at the Giants facility, which contains 1,000 songs,” The SI story explains. “He’s happy to report that he’s introduced Manning to six new bands, and Manning’s favorite is the Turnpike Troubadors, a Texas country band. When Manning is not in the room with him—which is more often than you may think, because Manning has a family waiting at home—Webb will bring in speakers and blast the music so loud that it can be heard four offices down.”
Davis Webb played his final year of college ball at California, but between 2013 and 2015 he played at Texas Tech in Lubbock, which is a hotbed for Red Dirt and Texas country like the Turnpike Troubadours. Webb’s originally from Prosper, TX, which is north of Dallas, and not far from the Oklahoma border. He features different genres each day in his playlists, with Tuesdays being exclusive to country.
Along with everyone else exposed to their music, athletes seems especially drawn to the Turnpike Troubadours. In 2013, St. Louis Cardinals lead off hitter Matt Carpenter had Turnpike Troubadours fans taking notice when he selected the Turnpike song “Long Hot Summer Day” as his walk up music for at bats. The song was given an even bigger stage when the Cardinals and Carpenter made it to the World Series that year. A few years back another Turnpike Troubadours song was featured going to commercial on a Sunday Night Football game.
Some of your favorite bands and artists may always be relegated to a level of obscurity that’s unfair to their degree of talent. But with the Turnpike Troubadours, the only thing keeping them from being one of the biggest bands in all of country music is exposure. So don’t be afraid to play a little Turnpike for your friends and family. They may end up a big fan like Eli Manning, and thank you for it.