Oklahoma band Turnpike Troubadours and historic Tulsa venue Cain’s Ballroom will be featured on tonight’s episode of CMT and Mountain Dew’s “Concrete Country” series, premiering at 10:50 p.m.
The Red Dirt band considers Cain’s Ballroom as a cornerstone of their music career, according to CMT.com. Built in 1924, the wooden building is celebrated as the home of the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. Today it still hosts a broad range of touring acts from the Red Dirt scene and far beyond. That sense of history is not lost on the band, who performed a song that night inspired by the venue’s address: “Easton & Main.”
According to CMT.com’s preview, the film crew set up in mid-afternoon and didn’t realize until nightfall that the Cain’s rooftop sign lights up one letter at a time. Plus, the Oklahoma fans couldn’t have been nicer. Many of the folks knew band members personally, so there was a genuine feeling of mutual admiration. It’s clear that both sides take pride in the band’s success.
“We didn’t want to owe anyone and we didn’t want to be influenced by somebody else,” said lead singer and songwriter Evan Felker. “Also, there’s no magic button to hit. You don’t just score the record deal and make the record. Make the record yourself if you want to make a record. You might have to eat some Ramen noodles but you can get it done.”
CMT’s “Concrete Country” is a series dedicated to music discovery with an emphasis on artists who write their own songs.
Launched in March 2012, the series has featured outdoor performances by the likes of Harrah native Jason Boland, the Lumineers, First Aid Kit and Trampled by Turtles, as well as Caitlin Rose, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Green River Ordinance, Lydia Loveless, Robert Ellis, the Farewell Drifters, the Infamous Stringdusters, Will Hoge and Yarn.
As previously reported, Oklahoma City’s own Red Dirt standout Stoney LaRue also was featured earlier this month on “Concrete Country.” Check out video highlights from Stoney’s installment of the series here.