The band is “stripped down,” so to speak, for its current tour of northern British Columbia as it will feature just lead singer, Nudie, as he prefers to be called, and Thomas Webb on steel and electric guitars.
The band calls Charlottetown, PEI, home and it is on the streets of that city where they got their start in 2005 by busking, including outside of shows where some pretty big names in country music happened to be playing.
“The busking thing was really by accident, we did it once just on a lark,” said Nudie. “George Jones was in Charlottetown and we went out front and played, and his fiddler came out and played with us, and then invited us backstage where we met George and saw the show, and it was a great time.”
After playing some local gigs for awhile, the band decided to follow Willie Nelson’s Maritime Tour in 2006, busking outside of the concerts, then playing their own gig at a club or going backstage to hang out with the band and crew.
“It worked out well,” said Nudie. “We would busk the shows and make some money and then we would go play a show at a club later too, or if we didn’t have a show, we would just go backstage and see the show (Willie Nelson). We don’t do that anymore, but that was a good way to get the band started and get our names out there, and now we play our own shows.”
He said both George Jones and Willie Nelson are huge musical influences, and getting the opportunity to tour with Nelson’s band gave him a great opportunity to see how a tour is run operationally.
The band has gone on to be showcased at the East Coast Music Awards, North by Northeast Festival, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, as well as on CBC Radio. Nudie said some of his highlights include opening for Eddie Money earlier this year during one of the biggest Canada Day celebrations in the country in Charlottetown, playing the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and jamming with James Burton – guitar player for some of the greats including Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison – during the North American Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee.
He said he is very excited to play for the first time in Dawson Creek, and especially in the Art Gallery, where he said the acoustics should be great. He added he will be showcasing some new songs he and his band have recorded for a forthcoming album that will be released next spring.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.
For more information about the band, go online to www.nudieandtheturks.com.