Mere hours ahead of a scheduled appearance at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas Friday night (5-24), the Turnpike Troubadours have canceled the performance, their other performances this weekend, and perhaps all future performances, as the future of the band is left uncertain in a troubling statement by the band.
“This weekends shows are unfortunately not going to happen for Turnpike Troubadours,” a statement posted at 5:40 p.m. Central read. “On behalf of the band we apologize for all the cancellations previously and this weekend. We are saddened by the situation and want you all to know we tried our best to stay positive during this stressful time. However, we have been standing at the crossroads, optimistically in hopes of healing, but it was not to be. We ask for your prayers and support as it is our hope that our brother receives the encouragement and help he needs.”
“Thank you all for the sold out shows, the memories and support,” the statement continued. “Refunds for the show tonight will be made at point of purchase. Please keep us in your prayers.”
Along with their show in Houston, the Turnpike Troubadours were also scheduled to perform in Concan, TX on Saturday, and at the Lone Star Jam festival Sunday in Austin as the festival’s headliner. The band also has multiple shows booked throughout the summer from June to August. No word at the moment on the status of shows after this weekend. Saving Country Music is reaching out to Turnpike management for clarification.
UPDATE (5-25-19) 9:30 CDT: Turnpike’s publicist has told Saving Country Music that the statement made by the band is all that there is at the moment, and there won’t be any future clarification on tour dates “at this time.”
The Turnpike Troubadours and their frontman Evan Felker haven’t made it easy to be a fan over the last few months, tracing back most recently to October of 2018 when they canceled a performance in Bossier City last minute after the show was scheduled to start and fans had already loaded into the building. Turnpike ended up canceling a string of additional dates shortly afterwards. Then after playing a few more successful shows and everything seeming to be back on track heading into 2019, another show was canceled last minute in Chicago in January, followed with yet another round of multiple cancellations. This was all after canceling the last leg on the Miranda Lambert tour in August of 2018, along with additional shows blamed on Evan Felker kidney stones.
On Tuesday, May 7th, the Turnpike Troubadours played a benefit concert for Byron Berline and his Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma that had been destroyed in a fire. Frontman Evan Felker was clearly inebriated, and stumbled through the 4-song set, causing many fans to show concern for him. This was after a prolonged period where it appear the band and Evan Felker was on the mend. They played in front of a huge crowd at Rodeo Houston earlier this year, and had added in the Dawes song “May All Your Favorite Bands (Stay Together)” for a few shows amid breakup rumors. Now with wording such as, “…standing at the crossroads, optimistically in hopes of healing, but it was not to be,” fans are fair to worry what the future of the band will be.
More information when it becomes available. This story will be updated, or subsequent stories posted once information is confirmed.