Turnpike Troubadours Take “Indefinite Hiatus” to Heal As Frontman Evan Felker Struggles

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They’re one of the hottest rising bands in country music, but their ascension has been paused as Evan Felker, the lead singer for Turnpike Troubadours, struggles with unconfirmed issues.

On May 24, the band posted a message on their Instagram page:

“This weekend’s shows are unfortunately not going to happen for Turnpike Troubadours. On behalf of the band we apologize for all the cancellations previously and this weekend. We are saddened by the situation and want you all to know we tried our best to stay positive during this stressful time. However, we have been standing at the crossroads, optimistically in hopes of healing, but it was not meant to be. We ask for your prayers and support as it is our hope that our brother receives the encouragement and help he needs.”

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This weekend’s shows are unfortunately not going to happen for Turnpike Troubadours. On behalf of the band we apologize for all the cancellations previously and this weekend. We are saddened by the situation and want you all to know we tried our best to stay positive during this stressful time. However, we have been standing at the crossroads, optimistically in hopes of healing, but it was not meant to be. We ask for your prayers and support as it is our hope that our brother receives the encouragement and help he needs. Thank you all for the sold out shows, the memories, and support. Refunds for the show tonight will be made at point of purchase. Please keep us in your prayers.

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A week later, the band shared another message sharing that they were taking more drastic measures. They wrote, “To Our Fans,  We want to again apologize for the abrupt cancellations of our shows this past weekend. We can assure you that the situation was not in our control.

“We want nothing more than the opportunity for to heal, and to not put all of you through this ever again. To have a chance for any of this, we need to cancel all of our remaining tour dates. Turnpike Troubadours will go on an indefinite hiatus until a time we feel that everyone is of strong mind, body and spirit and can deliver what our fans deserve.”

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They went on to say, “To all of you who have given us so much, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You believed in us, you raised us up, you stuck by us and you gave us more unconditional love than any band could ask for. We are humbled.”

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To Our Fans, We want to again apologize for the abrupt cancellations of our shows this past weekend. We can assure you that the situation was not in our control. We want nothing more than the opportunity for to heal, and to not put all of you through this ever again. To have a chance for any of this, we need to cancel all of our remaining tour dates. Turnpike Troubadours will go on an indefinite hiatus until a time we feel that everyone is of strong mind, body and spirit and can deliver what our fans deserve. Refunds for all scheduled shows can be made at point of purchase. To all of you who have given us so much, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You believed in us, you raised us up, you stuck by us and you gave us more unconditional love than any band could ask for. We are humbled. We ask that you please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we work to support and encourage. Thank you all for everything. We love you!

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Fans of Miranda Lambert may remember that she and Evan were in a relationship in 2018 and split for undisclosed reasons.

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While no other official statement has been made regarding the band or Evan’s condition, there is speculation that alcohol may be the cause of his erratic behavior. At a fundraiser for fiddler Byron Berline in February, the singer seemed disoriented on stage.

We add our support to other Turnpike Troubadour fans and hope that the band returns soon.

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