Look. If you know anything about music, and anything about the Turnpike Troubadours, you had to know that betting against the reunification of this band after the indefinite hiatus they announced on May 31, 2019 was a silly proposition, however bleak it may seem. sometimes.
There’s a reason The Eagles had to name their 1994-1996 tour and a subsequent live album. Hell freezes over. It’s because everyone had to eat their words when they said that a new tour and a new album would never happen. It’s not just the money, it’s the camaraderie and deep friendships that exist in these bands that you just can’t shake, no matter how severe the short-term drama may seem. Sure, sometimes the bands break up forever. But until they start putting bodies on the ground, never discard them.
People are freaking out today because the Turnpike Troubadours updated their website with a graphic that simply says “Coming Soon”, and they also cleaned up their Instagram page. Is this the first sign that the long-endured indefinite hiatus of the Turnpike troubadours will likely come to an end in the near future? If it is. Am I free to say how I know this information or to give more details about what could happen? No, I am not. And truth be told, you still don’t want to know the details. That would be like taking a look at your Christmas presents before Thanksgiving. Erase all the fun. And whatever the Turnpike Troubadours have in store, it’s for them to announce, and on their terms.
What I can tell you is that after Turnpike Troubadours dissolved its management contract with Cory McDaniels in a messy situation, the band’s affairs are currently being handled by Jon Folk, who is the owner and CEO of the Red 11 booking agency. Jon Folk is also the band’s booking agent. At this point, something is highly likely to happen, be it a new album, a new tour, or both.
All the signs have been positive for a while now. Evan Felker sobered up, which was the underlying reason for the indefinite hiatus in the first place. In March, when he revealed 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 RC’s album) said: “I wish I could give you good news, but I have been told not to share any details about all the good news that I would love to share.”
In May, in response to a comment on an Instagram post by Evan Felker’s wife, Staci, she responded to the question of whether they would go on tour again. “Yes, he will play again one day, but we really loved it and appreciated the time to be a normal family. “ Also, Ryan Engleman, who had been on tour with Reckless Kelly, let that concert expire. He has recently been seen playing in the 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 perhaps something was brewing behind the scenes at the studio. But strong rumors that the band was supposed to record an album in September were wrong, or those plans fell through, potentially when the producer they had lined up withdrew. (More on that in the future).
But either way, the “Coming Soon” proclamation is the strongest indication yet that something is really coming, and perhaps sooner rather than later. In May, Saving Country Music put the odds on a Turnpike Troubadours reunification at 80%. Let’s increase those odds now to 95%. And let’s stay tuned, and hopefully we’ll get a country music Christmas present soon.