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Turnpike Troubadours

Turnpike Troubadours

Feb 9th 2017 @ Maze

Nottingham, United Kingdom
I Was There
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
7:30 PM
Maze
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Just saw them in Spain last week. Awesome concert! The best of the festival! And unique opportunity, sadly they don't come around here often

If Turnpike Troubadours are playing in your town, you'll know it. Get closer and you'll start to hear the music -- rockin' hard, lashed by burnin' fiddle and guitar, maybe a little rough on the edges but with a deep-rooted soul that's impossible to resist. And if you make it through the door, you'll witness one of the best shows you'll ever see.

Audiences in their home state of Oklahoma and down in Texas have known this for years. It's no longer news when they draw 5,000-plus at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, sell out three nights in a row at Gruene Hall or turn several hundred away at the Legendary Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin. They've drawn full houses at Joe's Pub in New York and The Troubadour in L.A., among many other nightspots from coast to coast.

So is that the story? The Turnpike Troubadours Tear It Up Night After Night? Actually, no.

The self-titled third album contains 12 songs featuring the quintet's signature blend of roots rock, folk and raw country played with grit, passion and conviction. Word of their fiery live performances has spread throughout the U.S. making them a must-see act. However, the true strength at the core of Turnpike Troubadours has always been their songwriting. The new album is yet another testament to that point.

"This album sounds like us at our best," Edwards says. "We weren't going for being overproduced.What we got was exactly what we wanted because we didn't have that time factor problem."
And this is the paradox of the Turnpike Troubadours: Do they sound their best when they're delivering another electrifying live show or when they've crafted an artful album? Honestly, the band doesn't worry much about that. "The show is about people having fun," Felker says. "The more fun they have, the more fun we have and the better off everybody is. The record is about understanding the poetry in a real way. I figure it's like people sitting around in their house, maybe drinking a beer. That's more the place for poetry." "Our sound comes from playing country music, punk rock and anything else we liked in honky-tonks and beer joints," Edwards adds. "You've got to give the crowd something to dance to and have a good time. But songwriters are the most important thing. So I think everything we've done says that you can have it both ways."

www.turnpiketroubadours.com