Turnpike Troubadours announce two exclusive NL shows19-10-2016
From Oklahoma, USA the Turnpike Troubadours have established themselves as one of the must see acts on the US Red Dirt Circuit. The Guardian included them in their top 10 best country album of last year. Premiering on Dutch soil, we're excited to announce two exclusive shows next February, on sale straight away:
15-FEB: Borger (NL) @ Roots On The Road at VanSlag
16-FEB: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso at Bitterzoet
“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,” recalls Troubadours’ front man 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 favourites and all the other stuff we’d been doing.”
After years of buzz on the indie circuit the Turnpike Troubadours are ready for their closeup. The band defies the assumption that making real country music is somehow antiquated or uncool, and their fiddle-laden Red Dirt compositions resonate with a new generation of country music fans. The Troubadours’ self-titled third album demonstrates a pitch-perfect balance of old school instrumental music (the sound of real drums is so sweet to ears too used to electronic drum beats) and memorable melodies with lyrics by lead singer Evan Felker and bassist RC Edwards that offer up a smart take on life, as seen through the eyes of young men that spend much of their time in smoky bars.
Fall Out of Love contains what may be the smartest line of any song I heard this year: “Well, you bet your heart on a diamond/And I played the clubs in spades,” and single Down Here is a fine song about friendship that features the encouraging refrain, “You’re gonna be alright, you’ll be fine/You can have a nickel out of my last dime.” The album has a casual, earthy quality that makes it an unpretentious and crowd-pleasing listen, and that’s good because there are so many crowds that will want to keep listening to these rising country stars in the future.