Something is brewing with The Turnpike Troubadours

Look. If you know anything about music, and anything about the Turnpike Troubadours, you should know that betting against a reunion of this band after the indefinite hiatus they announced on May 31, 2019 was a foolish proposition, no matter how bleak it seemed. are sometimes.

There’s a reason The Eagles had to name their 1994-1996 tour and subsequent live album Hell is freezing. It’s because they all had to swallow their words when they said there would never be another tour and album. It’s not just the money, it’s the camaraderie and the deep friendships that exist in these bands that you just can’t break, no matter how serious the short-term drama may seem. Of course bands sometimes split up for good. But until they put bodies in the ground, never count them out.

People are freaking out today because the Turnpike Troubadours updated their website with an image that simply says ‘Coming soon’, and they also wiped their Instagram page. Is this the first sign that the Turnpike Troubadours’ long-suffering indefinite hiatus is likely to end in the near future? Of course. Am I free to say how I know this information, or to give further details about what could be happening? No that is not me. And actually you don’t want to know the details yet. That would be like taking a peek at your Thanksgiving Christmas presents. It erases all the fun. And whatever the Turnpike Troubadours have in store, they must announce it, and on their terms.

What I can tell you is that after the Turnpike Troubadours ended their management contract with Cory McDaniels on a rather messy situation, the band’s business is currently managed by Jon Folk, the owner and CEO of the booking agency Red 11. Jon Folk is also the booking agency for the band. At this point, it’s pretty likely something is going to happen, be it a new album, or a new tour, or both.

All signs have been positive for a while now. Evan Felker got sober, which was the underlying reason for the indefinite hiatus in the first place. In March at the unveiling of a new album by Turnpike bassist RC Edwards and Amber Watson and their project RC and the Ambers, Turnpike Troubadours steel guitarist Hammerin’ Hank Early (who also plays on the RC album) said: “I wish I could give you some good news, but I’ve been told not to share details about all the good news I’d like to share.”

In May, in response to a comment on an Instagram post from Evan Felker’s wife Staci, when asked if they will ever tour again, “Yes, he will play again one day, but we really enjoyed the time to just be a normal family and appreciate that.” Ryan Engleman, who was on tour with Reckless Kelly, also let that performance go. He has recently been featured in Turnpike violinist Kyle Nix’s band called The 38’s.

But all of these people were off the road and out of the public eye for much of October, leading to speculation that something might be brewing behind the scenes in the studio. But strong rumors that the band would be recording an album in September were either false, or those plans fell through, possibly when the producer they drafted pulled out. (more on that in the future).

Anyway, the “Coming Soon” proclamation is the strongest indication that something is indeed coming, and perhaps sooner rather than later. In May, Saving Country Music posted the odds of a Turnpike Troubadours reunification at 80%. Now let’s raise those odds to 95%. And let’s all stay sharp and hope we get a country music Christmas present soon.

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