For my first post it only seemed right to talk about my favorite band of all time, a group of roving songwriters touring under the name of Turnpike Troubadours. The Troubadours are a rag tag crew of down-home, country boys from the small town of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. They have a very roots rock sound with hints of rockabilly, bluegrass, and country/western influences. Evan Felker sings beautifully woven tales of rural living that seem as if they were stolen from a William Faulkner story while Ryan Engleman delivers twangy, yet distorted riffs on lead guitar or harmonies that crescendo from the pedal steel guitar. In the background, Kyle Nix shreds the fiddle like a young Charlie Daniels above R.C. Edwards’s slapped out upright bass-lines and Gabriel Peterson’s “Old Crow”-esque Hi-hat/snare combos. The band’s lyrics ring through the boot-stomping, good-ol’-boy melodies with a sense of realness that reassures you these are real life experiences. This is not a cut-and-paste Nashville group. These are rowdy, southern gentlemen who tell you a story about hard times and heartbreak all while proving they are masters of their instruments. If you haven’t heard them, do yourself a favor and listen to the link below, look them up, and catch the next show you can!