In the video below, Turnpike Troubadours open their concert with “A Tornado Warning.” One of 3 televised songs originally showcased on the band’s newest album A Long Way From Your Heart, the actual tune finds the dirt road country-rockers in screaming form, brewing up their very own cyclone with a fiddle, pedal steel and acoustic guitar. At the center of the blend is the Turnpike Troubadours’ lead singer Evan Felker, whose closed-eyed position at the microphone embodies the particular calm before the storm.
“There’s country music in the kitchen, I hear it singing through the screen, weather warnings in between,” he sings during the songs second verse, setting the stage for a twister whose arrival interrupts a calm night with a loved one.
Formed within the Ozark foothills of Oklahoma, the Turnpike Troubadours have seen their own share of bad weather strike its way across the South Central states, where the music group cemented an early audience along with near-constant touring.
Although this song is fiction, last year Felker told Rolling Stone Country “[My songwriting] comes from life, but not necessarily things that happen to me directly. I’d lead a pretty tragic life if everything I’d ever written had happened to me.”