Turnpike Troubadour, RC Edwards Premieres Solo Debut Album, ‘Big Country’
Between Kyle Nix touring solo shows in support of his solo project, online rumblings of Evan Felker working on something and this, it's an exciting time for Turnpike Troubadour fans.
Granted this is not exactly what you had in mind when you fell asleep last night wishing on the first star you saw for a Turnpike reunion; but come on, you can't lie -- it's exciting.
This is something that has been in motion for a while. RC Edwards has been doing side shows with Amber Watson and his band RC & The Ambers for years, and now the man most widely known as the bassist from Turnpike Troubadours has released his other band's debut album called Big Country.
The Ambers' debut features 11 songs, all recorded during the pandemic, during the last half of 2020. And guys, with the exception of “The Blues Man”, the Hank Williams Jr. cover, we are looking at all-original material.
Most Turnpike fans know that Edwards wrote many of Turnpike Troubadours’ most beloved songs, including: "Kansas City Southern," "Morgan Street," "7 Oaks," "Wrecked," and "Fall Out of Love."
The new album was recorded and produced by Turnpike steel guitar player Hank Early at his home studio, Pine Curtain Studios, in Tahlequah, OK, and as you'd expect it features contributions from fellow Troubadours Kyle Nix (fiddle) and Gabe Pearson (drums), as well as Cory Graves of the Vandoliers (horns) and the stirring vocals of Amber Watson.
Headsup RC and Hank Early will be on Radio Texas, LIVE! tomorrow talking about the project, Turnpike, and debuting the groovy new single, “Oklahoma Beach Body.”