Evan Felker

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Evan Felker
Birth nameEvan Duane Felker
Born (1984-03-24) March 24, 1984 (age 35)
Okemah, Oklahoma, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsBossier City Records, Thirty Tigers
Associated actsJohn Fullbright
Websitewww.turnpiketroubadours.com

Evan Duane Felker (born March 24, 1984) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist from Okemah, Oklahoma. He is best known as the lead singer of the band Turnpike Troubadours.

Early life[edit]

Felker was born in Okemah and raised in Wright City, a small town in rural southeast Oklahoma.[1] His mother, Tane, worked in the healthcare industry[2] and his father, Van, was a cowboy.[3] He has one younger sister, Cheyenne.[4] He was part of "an outdoorsy family that did a lot of hunting and fishing".[5] Growing up, Felker enjoyed short stories,[5] and wrote poems and creative prose.[6] He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen, learning from books and from high school friends.[7] He began writing rock songs and considered country music uncool.[8] Felker's uncle was a songwriter and rock musician, and Felker travelled to Tulsa, Oklahoma as a teenager to watch him perform.[6] Felker attended tech school to train as an electrician and later worked in paper mills, food plants, and Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma.[5]

Career[edit]

When Felker moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma in his twenties, he became interested in country music; his "heroes" were Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jason Boland.[9] He and guitarist Ryan Engleman began playing as a two-man acoustic act and were joined by bass player R.C. Edwards two months later. Eventually, drummer Giovanni “Nooch” Carnuccio and fiddler Kyle Nix joined, and formed the Turnpike Troubadours. The band later relocated to Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Personal life[edit]

Felker became engaged to accountant Staci Nelson in November 2015[10] and they married in November 2016, eloping to Barcelona, Spain.[11] Felker filed for divorce in February 2018.[12]

Felker is a keen hunter.[13][14][4] He started dating Miranda Lambert in February 2018. The couple broke up in August 2018.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turnpike coming to the Basin". Odessa American. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Podcast: Reid talks Guns, Dogs, and Quail with Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours - Orvis News". Orvis News. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Turnpike Troubadours Ready New Album 'A Long Way From Your Heart'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b http://lonestaroutdoorshow.com/this-weeks-show-236/. Retrieved 4 May 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b c "Evan Felker, Turnpike Troubadours". Songwriters on Process. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Rodman, Sarah. "Troubadours head up Turnpike to Boston - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ http://galleywinter.com/evan-felker/. Retrieved 3 May 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Turnpike Troubadours « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ Wofford, Jerry. "Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours talks on the band's success ahead of its Cain's show". Tulsa World. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Southwind Hills". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Staci & Evan - Rares Pulbere Photography". Rares Pulbere Photography. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Miranda Lambert accused of stealing married musician Evan Felker". Mail Online. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  13. ^ http://theyyscene.com/2017/11/02/shredding-time-zones-and-comfort-zones-corb-lund-travels-from-bows-and-arrows-to-bows-and-cellos-with-the-cpo/. Retrieved 4 May 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Podcast: Reid talks Guns, Dogs, and Quail with Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours - Orvis News". Orvis News. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  15. ^ Evans, Morgan (2018-08-25). "Miranda Lambert says she's 'happily single' following breakup with Evan Felker". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  16. ^ "Miranda Lambert reveals split from Evan Felker, says she's 'happily single'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-08-27.

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