Evan Felker Takes The Stage For First Time In Nearly Two Years, Performs A Few Turnpike Classics

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Hallelujah, praise the Lord, thank you 8-pound, six-ounce sweet baby Jesus.

Evan Felker is BACK.

Yesterday afternoon, Evan Felker stepped foot on stage for possibly the first time in nearly two years (at least that we’ve seen publicly, there very well may have been other similar moments that we didn’t see). He was performing alongside the Teague Brothers Band at a charity event down in Southeast Texas (the Pipkin Ranch in Beaumont).

At one point during his time on stage, Evan tells the crowd that he’s been down here for “about two years now,” and that when he sees people come together for events like this, it “really reminds him why” he moved down here.

Of course it’s pretty common knowledge at this point, but Evan hasn’t performed at all since Turnpike Troubadours announced their hiatus in the spring of 2019.

Back in August, Evan revealed that he was sober and thinking writing/performing music again, and ultimately that he was a much happier and healthier human since he took a break from music.

“The past year has been some of the best moments and best parts of my life.

First and foremost, I found sobriety and recovery. And I stepped away from the road and got a clearer view of the world. I got back to just being me. I could not have ever done that while we were touring like we were. I had initially blamed everything on being on the road. But it’s only when you take the road out of the equation that you see you’ve still got problems. I was able to start fixing those.

I’ve been thinking so much about music lately. How maybe I want to tour again. I’m trying to write songs again. I’ve taken a full, almost a year away from that.

Music was the only thing I thought about for most of my adult life, or some version of it, whether it’s actually creating or touring or having a relationship with the band or who I was perceived to be versus who I actually was. All of these things, I needed to sort out.”

He was later spotted in November picking up some cattle.

So I don’t think words can express the kind of joy it gives me to see him back on stage. Granted, we should probably all temper our expectations… this doesn’t mean Turnpike is coming back tomorrow, but man, if it isn’t a beautiful sight to see.

Evan, along with the Teague Brothers, performed a number of Turnpike classics, including “Gin, Smoke Lies,” “Every Girl,” ” Good Lord Lorrie,” and “7 & 7.”

Looks great, he sounds great, seriously, I got chills…

“Gin, Smoke, Lies” and “Every Girl”

“Good Lord Lorrie”

“7 & 7”

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