Turnpike Troubadours’ Evan Felker Says He’s Sober, Focused on Music in New Interview

Oklahoma songwriter recounts his bumpy road to redemption for the upcoming book Red Dirt: Roots Music, Born in Oklahoma, Raised in Texas, at Home Anywhere

For more than a year, the Turnpike Troubadours have been on what they have termed an indefinite hiatus. During that time, band co-founder and front man Evan Felker has kept a low profile, staying far away from media (social or otherwise), and distancing himself from the high-profile turmoil that dogged him and his band in 2018 and 2019.

On September 19th, the book Red Dirt: Roots Music, Born in Oklahoma, Raised in Texas, at Home Anywhere, will be released worldwide. The book tells of how the Red Dirt music scene grew from a group of campfire singers in rural Oklahoma into a steady, formidable part of the Americana landscape. Using exclusive access and extensive interviews with artists, Red Dirt traces the scene’s roots to Woody Guthrie and breaks down its current appeal. The heydays of the Great Divide, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and Stoney LaRue are explored in vivid detail, and modern Texas artists like Randy Rogers and Jamie Lin Wilson tell how their own careers are inseparable from Red Dirt. In an exclusive interview, Garth Brooks discusses the role Red Dirt played in launching his career, and he reminisces about the musicians and songwriters who gave him his first boost toward superstardom. Presales have included a series of bonus packages, as well as limited Artist’s Editions featuring Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, and Cody Canada & The Departed.