Turnpike Troubadours

Turnpike Troubadours

"The Turnpike Troubadours are creating an exciting sound that is original and refreshing while still honoring their roots. Every time I see them play I am blown away. These guys are the real deal - great song writing, great players, great style." -Jason Eady

"The Turnpike Troubadours show more promise song writing/talent wise than any band I've heard coming out of Oklahoma in a long time. They are definitely the new front-line torchbearers in a long line of Okie tradition. I am extremely proud to have been a part of working on this record." -Mike McClure

The Turnpike Troubadours, whose name is derived from the bumpy Oklahoma toll-roads and their hard lived folk singing heroes, are proof that isolation can be the mother of originality. Cutting their teeth in roadside dance halls and honky-tonks has made a serious impact on the band's musical style, which walks the line between Woody Guthrie and Waylon Jennings. "Bossier City," the band's debut album, is testament to the small towns in which they were raised. It combines Folk, Country, Cajun, and Bluegrass with stories of longing, humor, tragedy, and general life in rural America.
Breaking down traditional barriers between the audience and the stage is something in which they excel. Fast, gritty, and often drenched in beer, the Troubadours perform to both their fans and new audience members with an genuine sincerity about them. They continually gather ground both literally and figuratively as they travel up, down, and across the Midwest.

Currently the band is promoting their 2nd album, "Diamonds & Gasoline" (released January, 2010), produced by veteran producer and songwriter Mike McClure and mixed and mastered by legend Joe Hardy (ZZ-Top, Steve Earle) as well as relentlessly playing shows in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Texas.

Zane Williams

Zane Williams is an anomaly in today’s country music scene, a modern-day “throwback” who is equal parts bar-room entertainer and introspective poet. Williams was a finalist in three categories at MerleFest's Chris Austin Song Contest, claiming top slots in both the Country and General categories. "Hurry Home" was also selected as the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.[1][2] Williams released the album Hurry Home in 2006. He signed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music in 2007. The album's title track was released as a single by Jason Michael Carroll in 2009.

Williams has toured extensively throughout the United States, including Missouri,[3] Alabama, and Texas.[4]

In January 2010, Williams released an album titled The Right Place, which he co-produced with Radney Foster. Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly magazine gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying, "If you're in the mood for true honky-tonk music, you're in the right place."[5] Ride with Me followed in 2011.

Williams has received radio airplay on country stations across Texas that led to his first entry on the Texas Music Chart with "Ride With Me", from the 2011 album with the same title. He is also one of the featured artists on Troubadour Texas, a television show documenting his rising career.[6][better source needed]

In June 2013, Williams released an album titled Overnight Success. He wrote all 11 songs on the album, and co-produced it with Tom Faulkner.[7] The album debuted on the Billboard's Heatseekers South Central chart at No. 4. The video for the title track was on CMT Pure's 12-Pack Countdown for three weeks in a row and peaked at No. 2. The video has also been featured on GAC's daily countdown along with The Nashville Network featuring William's "Overnight Success" music video in their Top 10 Rising Stars

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