The Turnpike Troubadours will be appearing this Saturday and Sunday evening (5-14/5-15) at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, with Shovels & Rope and Reckless Kelly opening the shows. The Saturday night show will be streaming live with pro audio and video for those interested. Tickets are $20.00, and you may want to take advantage of it. It might be your best opportunity to see Turnpike perform in the near term.
When the first Turnpike Troubadours show at Red Rocks show was announced, it was the very first announced show from the band after a nearly three year hiatus. Because of this, demand was super high, with tickets selling out almost immediately, and ending up on the secondary market with big markups. When they added a second show for Sunday, the same thing happened.
But that wasn’t only because these were Turnpike’s big reunion shows. As the band continued to announce more shows, demand remained just as strong, if not stronger, crashing numerous websites and servers as venues and festivals announced dates for the band. Even now with about two dozen Turnpike appearances on the calendar for 2022, demand for Turnpike Troubadours tickets still remains robust.
How strong? Well according to one metric, the Turnpike Troubadours are one of the hottest tickets in all of country music when considering the prices those tickets are fetching on the secondary market. In the same company as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Morgan Wallen, and Luke Combs, the Turnpike Troubadours are in the Top 10 for country ticket price according to a recent analysis done by TickPick.
- Garth Brooks – $216
- George Strait – $191
- Keith Urban – $180
- Alan Jackson – $179
- Morgan Wallen – $176
- Luke Combs – $170
- Sam Hunt – $162
- The Avett Brothers – $150
- Turnpike Troubadours – $131
- Brooks and Dunn – $130
It’s pretty crazy to see the Turnpike Troubadours in the same company of some of the biggest heavy hitters in all of country music. Shout out to The Avett Brothers too for continuing to be one of roots music’s most consistent draws as well.
When you consider that before the hiatus, the Turnpike Troubadours weren’t even regularly selling out many shows, it verifies that the break only helped elevate Turnpike’s status and fan base. Distance made the heart grow fonder, and even as Turnpike has announced more shows closer to fans, they’re still consistently selling out. Their two shows at the Whitewater Amphitheater for October 21st and 22nd in New Braunfels, TX in late October near the end of their calendar? You guessed it, sold out, with tickets on the secondary market going for over $100.
This is a new dilemma for Turnpike Troubadours fans who were used to easily securing tickets for their shows, and at more affordable prices. The same goes for fans of Billy Strings, who headlined Red Rocks on Thursday and Friday this week. The same also goes for fans of Tyler Childers, who will be playing Red Rocks once again in September. But it also verifies that these non radio-supported stars are finding an entirely new level of support and recognition.
The Turnpike Troubadours have always been one of the greatest bands in country music. Talk to any of their long-term fans who watched them come up in clubs and honky tonks, and they will verify that. But now, the rest of country music is finally waking up to it.