Turnpike Troubadour Evan Felker Talks Winning Over Audiences, Merle Haggard, & More
Closing in on year two with no Turnpike Troubadours, who went on hiatus in May of 2019, and we're all still living on dreams of a reunion. Of course there was a bit of recent good news; in the new book "Red Dirt" Evan Felker revealed that he is sober and eager to write again.
Everything feels good when it's an uphill climb, to me you know. Then when things started going really well and it's 'wow! I don't know what to do.' - Evan Felker
You may recall that "Whiskey In Your Water," sung by Felker was released last year, post-hiatus. It did confuse many fans, who justifiably thought that the Turnpike front man was diving into a solo career. But as we soon learned the song, which he sang with Carrie Rodriguez, was a part of Bruce Robison’s The Next Waltz Volume 2 compilation album. It had actually been recorded prior to his band's indefinite hiatus.
In this four-year-old video that features Bruce Robison, who undoubtedly is one of the scene's most respected songwriters and performers, diving into a lot of history with the Turnpike boys. It's a great watch.
When Bruce asked Evan what he thinks people are looking for from him when it comes to his songs, Felker explains it beautifully, "To paint a picture, to sum up something they were already thinking and hadn't realized how to say. It was just under the surface, a thought they had had but they couldn't quite get it into words... You can really make someone happy with a damn song... You know, change their day."
Man, regardless of this video being four years old, how great is it seeing the band together sharing stories?
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