As previously reported, the Turnpike Troubadours announced in May 2019 that they were taking an “indefinite hiatus,” canceling the rest of their tour schedule and asking fans for thoughts and prayers. The announcement followed an ongoing series of abruptly canceled concerts, tabloid headlines and concerns about Felker’s well-being.
“I’ve been thinking so much about music lately,” Felker said in his interview with Crutchmer, per the excerpt, “how maybe I want to tour again. I’m trying to write songs again. I’ve taken a full, almost a year away from that.
“Music was the only thing I thought about for most of my adult life — or some version of it, whether it’s actually creating or touring or having a relationship with the band or who I was perceived to be versus who I actually was. All of these things, I needed to sort out.”
To read more of the excerpt featured in Rolling Stone, click here.
On Twitter, Crutchmer posted today that “the only thing i will add to the rolling stone excerpt is that — and this is spelled out in the book — any future for turnpike is a full band decision and not one person. that said it was good to hear evan genuinely happy. just 180 degrees from our first interview.”
In his email, Crutcher tells me his “Red Dirt” book presales have gone well, including limited Artist’s Editions featuring Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen and Cody Canada & The Departed. A fourth Artist’s Edition featuring another big-name red dirt music star will be announced Friday.