The Turnpike Troubadours were the last to play in the old Event Center at Choctaw Casino in Durant, and returned to their old stompin’ grounds April 1, 2017, to play in front of a packed, sold-out Grand Theater house.
The band, Evan Felker on guitar and lead vocals; R.C. Edwards on bass; Kyle Nix on fiddle; Ryan Engleman on guitar; and Gabe Pearson on drums, played a power set filled with their standard hits, album cuts, and songs from their new, as yet unreleased, CD. Evan explained they had come to the Grand Theater after spending 3 weeks in an El Paso recording studio. These new shared songs give fans something new to anticipate.
Opening up were The Bonham Brothers, another Oklahoma-based band, this one made up mostly of family, including a young boy on guitar and a girl singing lead for her first time with the band. It was a bluegrass-oriented band, although true bluegrass purists would poo-poo that, since the band did have drums in the line-up. The band credits its influences as New Grass Revival, along with Alabama, George Strait and Alan Jackson; and the music definitely reflected those interests and influences!
Check ChoctawCasinos.com for upcoming Grand Theater concerts, and some of them do sell out pretty quickly; or follow them in the Live Music Calendar, SceneInTown.com