There’s something different about the Turnpike Troubadours, something that just sets them apart from everyone else and puts them in a league of their own.
The lyrics, the storytelling, the sound, it’s all unmatched. Not to mention Turnpike has been a large influence and inspiration on tons of big time younger acts like Parker McCollum, Zach Bryan, and many more.
The overall aura surrounding the band is resoundingly special, and I couldn’t be happier that they are back playing shows and recording new music, and that everyone seems to be healthy and happy.
As we await new music, whenever that may come, the majority of Turnpike content available is still pre-hiatus music, interviews, live recordings, etc.. all good things take time, but man am I excited for some new stuff.
Luckily though, nothing from the Turnpike Troubadours gets old.
One of my favorite videos on YouTube is their Paste Studios session from October 2017, just a week after the release of their album A Long Way From Your Heart.
While it doesn’t quite feature the whole band, the session shows four of them playing three of their new songs off of the album while frontman Evan Felker explains a bit of the story behind each of them.
They start out with “Something to Hold on To,” one of the most underrated songs on the album, in my opinion. Then they proceed to play what have become the album’s two biggest hits in “Pay No Rent” and “The Housefire.”
From left to right, you have drummer Gabe Pearson, steel player and multi-instrumentalist Hank Early, frontman and primary songwriter Evan Felker, and fiddler Kyle Nix.
The greatest band of all time has several headline shows and festivals slated for the rest of the year, and plenty more to come I would guess. Go check out a show and see what makes it all so special.
Maybe we’ll even get an official recording of “Cat in the Rain” before too long.