Line-Up: Kelsey Waldon, Heathen Sons, and The Turnpike Troubadours
Author: Daniel Spradlin
The band out of Oklahoma decided to make a trip up to Nashville to play a show there for the first time in three years. Subsequently, I decided to take a 12 hour road trip with a couple friends down to Music City to see them for the first time. Think it was worth it?
The Turnpike Troubadours are well versed in the Midwest and Texas music scenes with few and far between trips to the east or west coasts. They are one of the only groups out there that manage to carry a six piece band despite not being nearly as popular or successful as they deserve to be. Included in that six man band are some of the wide ranging instrumentation you can hear on any Turnpike album. From your standard acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and electric guitars to the fiddle, pedal steel, harmonica, and even an accordion.
This was one of my most anticipated concerts that I've been to. In addition to the Troubadours, Heathen Sons and Kelsey Waldon were tapped as openers on this warm July summer night. The venue (pictured above) was like an upscale brick warehouse located in "The Gulch" area just south of Broadway. Inside the venue there was rustic atmosphere to the place which I really liked. I was an early arriver in hopes to get a good spot among the sold out crowd near the stage. The line to get in when doors opened probably stretched a quarter mile up the street, so the Troubadours and company created quite the buzz as they hit town.