Turnpike Troubadours raise $175,000 for The Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief Fund

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Friday, April 5, 2024

Turnpike Troubadours raised $175,000 for The Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief Fund with a special benefit concert at Lubbock’s Cooks Garage last week. All proceeds from the event, which also featured Red Shahan, will support local farmers and ranchers who were affected by the recent fires in the region.

The event adds to a landmark year for Turnpike Troubadours, who achieved their career-best first week with their acclaimed new album, A Cat in the Rain (Bossier City Records/Thirty Tigers, stream/purchase here). Produced by Shooter Jennings and recorded at Muscle Shoals’ Fame Recording Studios and Dave’s Room in Los Angeles, the record marks a major return for the band following their self-imposed hiatus in 2019 and landed on several “Best of 2023” lists including Rolling Stone, The AV Club, Brooklyn Vegan, No Depression, Wide Open Country, Whiskey Riff and more.

Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, the Associated Press praises, “they’ve returned with the kind of ferocity that feels destined to put them right back on that long-term upward trajectory…The earnestness is palpable,” while Billboard declares, “conveys the group’s superior, tightly-knit musicianship and ever maturing, evocative lyricism” and Spin proclaims,  “the Oklahoma group is better than ever…one of the most beloved groups in country and roots music.”

Known for their electric live shows, the band recently made their late-night television debut performing album track, “Mean Old Sun,” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and will continue to tour through this summer including upcoming shows at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (two nights), Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place, Baton Rouge’s Raising Cane’s River Center Arena, Macon’s Macon Amphitheater and Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena among others. The band will also support Zach Bryan on his stadium tour later this year. See below for complete tour itinerary.

Pioneers of the Red Dirt music scene and one of America’s most beloved bands, Turnpike Troubadours has amassed a massive following throughout their career with more than 1.5 billion streams globally and over 1.28 million equivalent units sold to-date. Originally from Tahlequah, OK, Turnpike Troubadours is Evan Felker (vocals, guitar), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (electric guitar), RC Edwards (bass), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (steel, accordion).

Since their 2005 debut, Turnpike Troubadours has released five studio albums including 2017’s self-released A Long Way From Your Heart, which reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #20 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Of the record, American Songwriter declared, “grabs you with its subtle authenticity, nails 11 originals that exude natural charm and intrinsic integrity,” while the Austin American Statesman praised, “a rousing, thought-provoking country short story collection.” Further adding to their renowned career, the band was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame last fall.

1. Mean Old Sun
2. Brought Me
3. Lucille
4. Chipping Mill
5. The Rut
6. A Cat in the Rain
7. Black Sky
8. Easy Side Love Song (Bottoms Up)
9. Three More Days
10. Won’t You Give Me One More Chance

April 5—Fort Lauderdale, FL—Tortuga Festival
April 6—Jacksonville, FL—Daily’s Place*
April 20—Baton Rouge, LA—Raising Cane’s River Center Arena†
April 21—Georgetown, TX—Two Step Inn Festival
April 26—Wilkesboro, NC—MerleFest
April 27—Macon, GA—Macon Amphitheater‡
May 3—Wichita, KS—INTRUST Bank Arena+
May 4—Indianola, IA—Spring Revelry 2024
May 9—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre#
May 10—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
May 31—Chicago, IL—The Salt Shed
June 1-2—Lexington, KY—Railbird Music Festival
June 8—Thackerville, OK—Lucas Oil Live at WinStar World Casino and Resort
June 22—Columbus, OH—Buckeye Country Superfest
June 23—Columbus, OH—Buckeye Country Superfest
June 29—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium~
July 12-14—Whitefish, TN—Under The Big Sky Festival
July 19—Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Frontier Days 2024
July 27—Harrington, DE—Delaware State Fair 2024
August 6—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field~
August 7—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field~
August 8—Lewisburg, WV—State Fair of West Virginia
August 10—Oshkosh, WI—Xroads41 2024
August 15—Chesterfield, MO—The Factory
August 16—Bonner Springs, KS—Azura Amphitheater
August 24—Minneapolis, MN—U.S. Bank Stadium~
August 30—Grand Island, NE—Nebraska State Fair
October 18—Sacramento, CA—GoldenSky Festival 2024

*with special guests Elle King and Colby Acuff
†co-headline with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with special guest Trampled By Turtles
‡with special guests The Red Clay Strays and Brent Cobb
+with special guests Trampled By Turtles and The Red Clay Strays
#with special guests The Red Clay Strays and American Aquarium
^with special guests Wyatt Flores and Sierra Hull
~with Zach Bryan