The Turnpike Troubadours have cut short their current tour, with lead guitar player Ryan Engleman citing an undisclosed personal issue as the need for the cancellations. The shows cancelled affect dates primarily on the West Coast and in the interior West for the next week, starting with Saturday evening’s (8-5) show at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, through the August 13th date at the Snowbasin Resort in Utah. The dates affected are as follows:
Aug. 5th – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
Aug. 6th – Fremont Theatre – San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug. 9th – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 10th – Teton Valley Foundation – Victor, ID
Aug. 13th – Snowbasin Resort – Huntsville, UT
Turnpike will still play their appearance at the annual Braun Brothers Reunion on August 11th, but guitarist Ryan Engleman will not be with them. Other players will fill in.
“From our family to yours: Unfortunately, sometimes reality rears its ugly head,” said Ryan Engleman in a statement. “All of you, the rest of the band, and I have had innumerable times together which have brought so much joy into my life that I have a difficult time even putting it into words. That being said, my family and I are going through a difficult time at the moment for reasons I will leave undisclosed. I will only say that my family needs a moment to focus on itself. I don’t plan on being away from the road for long, only long enough to support my immediate family in the best ways I know how.”
“That being said, it is with deep regret that I have to announce that we are cancelling the remaining shows in the western U.S. The rest of the guys will be flying back out to join the Brauns at the Braun Brother Reunion, but only for that particular show (as they will have numerous musicians that can fill in). Barring any unforeseen issues, I will return to my position with the band that I love on the 18th of August.”
Some fans, including those who reserved hotels rooms or booked flights to attend the shows, voiced their displeasure over the issue via social media after the news was announced, with Engleman’s band mates coming to his defense.
Earlier this week, the band announced they will release their highly-anticipated 4th (or 5th) album A Long Way From Your Heart via Bossier City Records and Thirty Tigers. It is their followup to their September of 2015, self-titled release, and marks the first time pedal steel player Hank Early will be part of the bad as a full time member.