Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker is having quite an interesting time— he and Miranda Lambert have parted ways just six months after their romance started, his divorce from estranged wife Staci Nelson Felker was recently finalized, and he’s reportedly having issues passing a painful kidney stone.
As fans know, the Turnpike Troubadours canceled their final appearances on Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town‘s co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour late last week and a festival appearance over the weekend.
“Unfortunately due to a medical emergency Turnpike Troubadours will be unable to perform tonight at Fayetteville Roots Festival,” the group shared in a statement via Instagram. “The band was present and prepared to play, but after evaluation it was advised that Evan Felker should not perform tonight due to pain associated with the inability to pass a kidney stone he has been struggling with since earlier in the week. We sincerely apologize to the fans and festival staff for this unfortunate situation.”
Of course these cancellations have sparked speculation— is Evan’s health really the cause of the band’s absence from The Bandwagon Tour or is the end of his relationship with Miranda the true cause? We’ll never truly know, but Lambert appears to be recovering from the breakup just fine.
In an interview with The Tennessean published on Friday, Lambert described herself as ‘single and happy.’
“Love is a hard road sometimes and it’s been a roller-coaster ride for me, but I’m definitely thankful for all the ups and downs because I’ve had some really good songs come out of it,” the songstress explained. “You’ve got to take the bad parts and put them on paper and then move on to the happy parts.”
While Lambert moves on and preps to release the latest Pistol Annies record, Evan’s ex-wife Staci has made it clear that she’s pushing forward with her life. Although Staci was badly hurt by her now former husband’s actions, she did come to his defense when someone commented on her Instagram that she should “remove all the pictures of that creep.”
Staci responded with, “Evan Felker will never be a nobody to me, his friends, family or fans. I got hurt and I appreciate the support but I’ll never wish for bad things for that man or the @turnpike troubadours. It doesn’t matter what went down — a wife’s love doesn’t just shut down in 6 months. I didn’t take the Felker name flippantly and any smearing of it isn’t welcome on my page anymore.”
As can be seen via her Instagram account, Staci has found great support within her network of family and friends. She’s working hard to pick herself up from this very public mess and start over again.
We’ll see how things shake out for Evan, Miranda, and Staci as they all go on with their separate lives. Needless to say, Evan is definitely having a month he will never forget.
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Turnpike Troubadours Tour Schedule
Thu, AUG 30 The Beaumont Wayne, NE
Fri, AUG 31 9TH STREET SUMMERFEST Columbia, MO
Sat, SEP 01 Robinson Performance Hall Little Rock, AR
Sun, SEP 02 Beaver Dam Amphitheater Beaver Dam, KY
Fri, SEP 21 Medicine Stone Tahlequah, OK
Thu, SEP 27 Varsity Theater Baton Rouge, LA
Fri, SEP 28 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo Rosenberg, TX
Sat, SEP 29 John T. Floore’s Country Store Helotes, TX
Thu, OCT 04 The Ritz Raleigh, NC
Fri, OCT 05 Sprint Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
Sat, OCT 06 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Sun, OCT 07 The Lyric Oxford, MS
Fri, OCT 12 Harvest Maroon Fest College Station, TX
Thu, OCT 18 House of Blues Boston, MA
Fri, OCT 19 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Sat, OCT 20 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Sat, OCT 27 Ziegenbock Music Fest Corpus Christi, TX
Thu, NOV 01 The Athenaeum Theatre Columbus, OH
Fri, NOV 02St. Andrew’s HallDetroit, MI
Sat, NOV 03 Deluxe at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Sun, NOV 04 Kalamazoo State Theatre Kalamazoo, MI
Fri, NOV 09 The Fillmore Charlotte, NC
Sat, NOV 10 Suck Bang Blow Murrells Inlet, SC
Wed, NOV 14 Monarch Music Hall Peoria, IL
Thu, NOV 15 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
Fri, NOV 16 House of Blues – Chicago Chicago, IL
Sat, NOV 17 The Pageant St Louis, MO
Fri, NOV 23 Billy Bob’s Fort Worth, TX
Fri, NOV 30 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre Austin, TX
Sat, DEC 01 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre Austin, TX
Sat, DEC 15 The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
Jan 31, 2019 Mile 0 Fest Key West, FL