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Roots rock band builds success with heavy touring, word of mouth

The Turnpike Troubadours released its self-titled album in September 2015.

The Turnpike Troubadours released its self-titled album in September 2015.

RC Edwards has a day off in South Texas.

He’s not doing anything, which is a first for the musician.

“I’ve been able to actually get some rest on this day off,” he says during a recent phone interview. “We’re just starting to get going again on tour, and it’s been great.”

Edwards is a member of the roots rock band Turnpike Troubadours. Since the band’s inception in 2007, it has become known for its blend of roots rock, folk and raw country.

Joining Edwards in the band is Evan Felker, Kyle Nix, Ryan Engelman and Gabe Pearson.

The band has released four studio albums, with its self-titled album being released in September 2015.

Turnpike Troubadors is also gearing up to celebrate its 10th anniversary as a band in 2017.

“We were just talking about the anniversary the other day,” he says. “We have to do something special for it. Evan and I have been performing together longer than 10 years. It’s crazy how fast the time goes by.”

Turnpike Troubadors isn’t played on radio, yet its fan base continues to grow.

The band has sold more than 200,000 records and sold out The Troubadour in Los Angeles and venues in New York City.

Edwards says that over the course of the band’s career, it has performed about 200 shows a year.

He credits the band’s work ethic for the band’s success.

“We all have wanted to be in a successful band,” he says. “Every milestone that we’ve met, it’s all because we’ve made it happen. We have developed relationships with the fans over the years. Our growth has all been by word of mouth. We don’t have marketing behind us. We just have the good words the fans are putting out there. We’re grateful for them, because they continue to buy our music and show up to the gigs.”

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