Troubadours at the Pastures of Plenty
Third Time’s the Charm
Marking their [Sidenote: Number eleven in our Woodyfest 2018 coverage brings you the chart-topping Turnpike Troubadours.] third appearance at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the Turnpike Troubadours closed out opening night 2018 on the Pastures of Plenty stage. The first time they were meant to do that, our ornery Oklahoma weather dumped rain all over Okemah, making it one in a series of Muddyfests the festival has endured since its inception. They wound up playing the Crystal Theatre to a smaller audience limited by the available seating.
This year the weather coöperated, and by the time the Troubadours were onstage the audience were enjoying a cooling breeze and a beautiful, starry sky.
This reporter wasn’t assigned to their set, but did take some snapshots from backstage. You can see those in the gallery.
Formed by Evan Felker and R. C. Edwards in 2005, the Troubadours went into the studio a month later and cut Bossier City because the band
needed something to sell at the shows. [Sidenote: Wofford, Jerry, “Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours talks on the band’s success ahead of its Cain’s show,” Tulsa World, (26 December 2015).]
Born of singer and contributing songwriter Felker’s desire to emulate his musician uncle’s footsteps, [Sidenote: While in high school, Felker used to watch his uncle play rock ’n’ roll at the legendary Cain’s Ballroom.] the band has since seen their eponymous fourth full-length album climb to the number three spot in the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. [Sidenote: Billboard assigned Turnpike Troubadours the position in their 18 September 2018 chart.] Pretty good for a band started by a guy who didn’t even get
into country music a little [until] later on, into [his] 20s. [Sidenote: ibid.]