For almost three years, Turnpike fans everywhere waited and hoped that everything would work out and one day the greatest band of all time would get back together and hit the stage again.
Once they announced their return, of course, they were the hottest ticket and music.
For most, the hype around their return has probably died down a little bit now that they’ve hit some of the iconic venues in their biggest markets and have announced enough shows throughout the rest of the year that there are plenty of opportunities to see them live.
For me, though, I still feel like it’s almost too good to be true that they have come back like this. I feel like I need to make up for lost time and catch as many Turnpike shows as I can.
Luckily for fans like me, or anyone who hasn’t been able to catch a show yet this year, there are tons of opportunities to do so. And believe me, you need to see one of these shows. I was able to see them the first night at Red Rocks, and it was out of this world.
One of the greatest things about this tour, though, is that Turnpike has been able to handpick many, if not all, of their openers along the way. As a result, they’ve shared the bill with some pretty incredible bands.
Among many others, they have already had Reckless Kelly, the Vandoliers, Cody Canada, Steve Earle, Gov’t Mule, and Mike and the Moonpies, and have already announced future shows with Muscadine Bloodline, the Old 97’s, and more.
Just recently, they announced the openers for some of their more recently added shows, and they have continued to kill it with their picks.
On the first night of their two night run at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at the end of this month, they’ll be supported by the Vandoliers once again. On the second night, they’ve got one of the hottest up and coming bands in country music, Appalachian soul outfit 49 Winchester starting out the show.
Then in Raleigh, NC this October, Elizabeth Cook will start the show in support along with American Aquarium. AA got their start in Raleigh during the area’s alt-country boom, so it’s always a party when they come back to play in that area. Not to mention they toured alongside Turnpike for years when they were first getting started, so I’d have to imagine it will be a good feeling for BJ Barham and the boys to play with them in front of a home state crowd.
Lastly, in a massive show at Oklahoma City’s 18,000+ seat Paycom Center slated for November, both Morgan Wade and Blackberry Smoke will take the stage.