Acclaimed Oklahoma roots-rock powerhouse Turnpike Troubadours will perform at Midland’s Horseshoe Amphitheater on June 23 in support of their acclaimed new album “A Long Way From Your Heart.”
The album debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Top 100 and at No. 3 on the Country Albums Chart and at No. 1 on the Folk and Independent Albums Charts.
It has been critically acclaimed by Garden & Gun, American Songwriter and the Associated Press.
Evan Felker, frontman, cofounder, and primary songwriter of the Troubadours, has been called a old school singer songwriter. The group routinely sells out concerts across the country.
Garden & Gun
A Long Way From Your Heart’ is the band’s most accessible but richest offering to date…(Evan) Felker has evolved into a Red Dirt Springsteen, deftly blending autobiographical elements with complex, hardscrabble characters, each united in the midst of sun, spit, and dust.
“A Long Way From Your Heart” is the follow up to their 2015 highly acclaimed third album, “The Turnpike Troubadours.” The album reached No. 17 overall on the Billboard Top 200, No. 3 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and #2 on the Independent Albums Chart. Since the 2012 release of their breakthrough sophomore album “Goodbye Normal Street” the band has enjoyed major coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, Paste, American Songwriter and CMT.
Felker, via his website, talked about his songwriting.
“I was born in Okemah but was raised in Wright City, a town in southeastern Oklahoma,” Felker says. “Now I live in Okemah again. The characters I write about are living in that world I grew up in — a bucolic, dirt-underneath-your-fingernails sort of world. People where I grew up are tough. It’s nice to be able to represent them in art.”
Singer/guitarist Felker, fiddler Kyle Nix, steel and electric guitarist Ryan Engleman, bassist RC Edwards, drummer Gabe Pearson, and steel and accordion player Hank Early make up the group.
Felker, online, also talked about the new album.
“It feels like going home to see that those characters are still alive in a way that movies and literary writers have always done. It feels good. There they are, all based on people that I know and love. They’re composite characters based on real people.”
A Long Way from Your Heart was produced by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, Flogging Molly, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
- What: Turnpike Troubadours in concert.
- When: 8 p.m. June 23.
- Where: Midland’s Horseshoe Amphitheater.
- Tickets: midlandhorseshoe.com