The Turnpike Troubadours have canceled numerous shows this year as frontman Evan Felker has gone through his struggles. Last night, the band announced on their social media pages that they would again be canceling their shows this weekend.
This weekends shows are unfortunately not going to happen for Turnpike Troubadours. On behalf of the band we apologize for all the cancellations previously and this weekend. Thank you all for the sold out shows, the memories and support. Please keep us in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/XcNMo6ssh1
— Turnpike Troubadours (@TpTroubadours) May 24, 2019
It’s not hard to read between the lines of why the shows were canceled. Which begs the question, just how many chances does the Oklahomian 6-piece get? The answer? As many as they need. If you’re a fan of Turnpike, then you’re a fan of music that gets in your bones, songwriting that speaks to your soul, and songs that make you feel. You’ve almost assuredly leaned on them in your down moments, when you’ve had a shitty day, to help you get over a breakup, etc…They’ve been there for you in the dark times; whether it’s through song, video, or live show. They’ve bared their souls, let you into their world (the good and the bad), and packaged it into a song for you to have whenever you’ve needed it. They brought you into their fond memories and good times to make your memories and good times even better. They’ve brought you into their loneliness, hurt, and hard times, which allowed you to lean on them and resonate with their words when you’ve needed it. They’ve been there for thousands of us, hundreds of times. They’ve got so many people through so many things, the least we can do is be there for them during their struggles.
It’s our sense of community that makes our scene so special and different than most music scenes. We’re bonded by watching bands go from 10 people to 100, to 10,000 at their shows, and having stories and connections along the way. We’re not just fans, we’re a community. We’re family and TPT have put their blood, sweat, and tears into everything they’ve done in our scene and community for a decade. Sure, you can be disappointed or annoyed by a show cancellation, but if you’re really a fan of this band, the strongest emotions that should present themselves are ones of caring and hope.
A member of our community and family that has given so much to us is going through something serious. It’s someone who’s been there for you. Now, it’s time to be there for him. Whether it’s through prayers, or just letting a show cancelation roll off your back, our scene is here to lift up, not tear down. If you’re not willing to be there in the hard times, you don’t deserve them in the good times. It’s that simple.
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.