with Mike and the Moon Pies
Saturday, Nov 09, 2013 10:00 PM EST
(9:00 PM Doors)
- Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 1:30 AM EST
The Peachtree Tavern, Atlanta, GA
21 years and over
Times are tough for just about everyone these days, especially for those who live in
what is often referred to as the “flyover states,” in the heart of the country. People have
become tougher, their skins have grown thicker and they have become much harder to
win over. That especially holds true when it comes to the music that rolls into the bars,
music halls and honky tonks of their towns. The overwhelming success that Turnpike
Troubadours have had on the so-called Red Dirt circuit of those states says a lot about
the quintet’s authenticity and fire, particularly because their music is not exactly what
that scene in known for producing.
“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,”
recalls Troubadours’ frontman Evan Felker. “They were there to drink beer and raise
hell and they didn’t really care what music was playing while they did it. But as we
went on and as we got better, they started to listen. I mean, they were still drinkin’
plenty of beer, but before too long, they were actually coming to hear us and asking us
to play our songs, and not just covers of traditional favorites and all the other stuff we’d
Not only did the crowds get more attentive, they kept getting bigger. As time went on,
and the Troubadours broadened their touring circle, they moved on from tiny clubs in
the more obscure corners of the Sooner state and started hitting – and selling out –
prestigious venues like Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, the Firehouse Saloon in Houston and
Antone’s in Austin.
Over the course of the past five years, Felker, bassist RC Edwards, fiddle player Kyle
Nix, guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Gabe Pearson, have honed the rowdy,
quick-witted sound that’s brought folks of all stripes together in front of those stages.
And on Goodbye Normal Street, the Troubadours’ third full-length album, the band
takes that blend of nice and easy and nice and rough and distills it into a 43-minute
ride that takes in the scenery of America’s Heartland and the inner workings of a group
of 20-somethings on a quest for something better.