The 2013 concert lineup includes Turnpike Troubadours, with Chase Yaklin returning as the opening act. The concert is set for Tuesday, July 9.
Times are tough for just about everyone these days, especially for those who live in what is often referred to as the “flyover states,” in the heart of the country. People have become tougher, their skins have grown thicker and they have become much harder to win over. That especially holds true when dealing with the music those individuals listen to. The overwhelming success that Turnpike Troubadours have had on the Red Dirt circuit of those states says a lot about the quintet’s authenticity and fire.
The band – which took its name from the Indian Nation Turnpike that connected so many of the smaller towns where they cut their teeth – gradually evolved from offering acoustic explorations of tunes by Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker to kicking out three or four sets a night of full-throttle roadhouse country – tinged with the punk rock attitude that was in the air during the members’ teen years.
“We all pretty much grew up with hardcore country music around us,” says Felker. “I mean, sure, there was rock stuff in there, but the real old-school stuff, plus exposure to folks like Jason Boland and Cross Canadian Ragweed, really affected what we were playing. We’re really a product of both our influences and our environment. It wasn’t something that we sat in a room and dreamed up in one day.”
With a musical heritage that dates back far earlier than his 19 years, Chase Yaklin is rapidly earning the interest of the Nashville music community with a year under his belt in town. Drawing inspiration from family members who have successfully navigated the country music experience, Yaklin finds himself currently living in Nashville and writing songs with some of the most experienced and accomplished tunesmiths in town.
Yaklin hails from Orange Grove, Texas, a small town in South Texas near Corpus Christi. An accomplished guitarist (electric and acoustic) and playing right handed guitars as a lefty, he brings a unique style and tone to his music. Influences run from Keith Urban to Ray Charles and his goals are to write great songs, and to bring them to life with great singing and guitar playing. Yaklin was the last songwriter signed by Barbara Orbison to her successful music publishing company, Still Working Music, just prior to her passing in late 2011 and provides a fitting compliment to the legacy of her late husband, Roy Orbison. He is now working with Babara’s surviving son, Alex Orbison and in a partnership with BMG Chrysalis Nashville.