As a part of their 2016 tour, the Turnpike Troubadours, an American Red Dirt Group from Oklahoma, visited the Rustic April 21, selling out the entire venue.
With band members Even Felker on vocals and guitar, bassist R.C. Edwards, fiddler Kyle Nix, guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Giovanni Carnuccio, the band played for a roaring crowd starting at 9 p.m. after opener Mike and the Moonpies.
Accented by blue and green lights, the Turnpike Troubadours took the stage and were greeted by a cheering crowd, many of whom sang along to the band’s songs word by word, clapping and dancing along to the beat.
“Turnpike put on a great show Thursday,” said Samantha Hankins, 23, who moved to Dallas for work last year. “I love that the Rustic is able to host shows like that, because the intimate atmosphere definitely contributed to the experience.”
With music inspired by the genres of Americana, Roots Music, Acoustic, Folk, Rock and Country, the band has been working together since 2005 and has a record label with Bossier City Records. According to their Facebook page, anyone who comes to their concerts will “start to hear the music — rockin’ hard, lashed by burnin’ fiddle and guitar… with a deep-rooted soul that’s impossible to resist.”
In 2007, the group released their first album “Bossier City,” followed by “Diamonds and Gasoline in 2010, “Goodbye Normal Street” in 2012 and “The Turnpike Troubadours” in 2015. Their 2012 album “Goodbye Normal” peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard 200.
At the Rustic, concertgoers were invited to sip on drinks and eat starting at 5 p.m., as the front and back porches of the Rustic were open for patrons. Those in attendance could either stand in the mosh pit or sit on the hill surrounding the venue.
“Between the show and the brisket tacos, it was a night to remember,” Hankins said.