Turnpike Troubadours Announce First Concert in More Than Two Years

by Clayton Edwards
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Last week, just one day before Thanksgiving, the Turnpike Troubadours set the internet on fire. Speculation, doubts, and cautious optimism flooded their ever-growing fanbase. Yesterday, the Oklahoma natives posted a brand new promotional photo as a band. That only stoked the flames. However, some doubt still remained. Earlier today, the Troubadours erased all doubt. The time for speculation and a wait that seemed like forever are over. The boys are officially back.

Earlier today, Turnpike Troubadours fans got a huge surprise. The band took to social media to announce their first show in over two years. They’ll be hitting the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado in May of next year. Shovels & Rope and Reckless Kelly will provide support on the upcoming show. Check out the poster below.

Lately, the Turnpike Troubadours have been men of few words on social media. For instance, they accompanied their earth-shattering promotional picture yesterday with a smiley face emoji. Today, they shared a little more, but not much. In the post’s caption, they simply said “On sale Friday, Dec 3rd.” That’s all we needed to know.

Looking at the Turnpike Troubadours’ Show Poster

If you’ve listened to the Turnpike Troubadours, you know that their songs are steeped in meaning. Some of their songs are personal. However, the meaning behind them still resonates with listeners. Likewise, the poster for their upcoming Red Rocks show contains some heavy symbolism.

The poster features a drawing of a phoenix. In mythology, those birds died, burned to ash, and rose again from their ashes. It’s not hard to see where the life cycle of a phoenix aligns with the current trajectory of the Turnpike Troubadours. They’re rising from the ashes of their hiatus after more than two years. However, I doubt a mythological phoenix could sing “The Bird Hunters” quite like Evan Felker.

Last night, Turnpike Troubadours added the phoenix alone to their Instagram story. Several of their fans grabbed screenshots and circulated the image around Twitter and other platforms. The symbolism wasn’t lost on them. However, that post served only to spark more speculation. Several of us assumed that it was a subtle way of confirming what we all suspected. Today, we learned that we were correct.

Like just about every other fan, the Outsider team is going nuts with excitement right now. Many of us have been waiting for this for what seems like forever. So, let’s celebrate this amazing moment in country music history together. Head over to our Instagram and share your favorite Turnpike Troubadours song, lyric, or memory with us.

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