Fort Smith’s Peacemaker Festival are in search of a new headliner for their upcoming 2019 fest following the “Extended Hiatus” of The Turnpike Troubadours.
The festival announced via facebook
“It is with a heavy heart the organizers of the Peacemaker Festival have to announce Turnpike Troubadours will not be able to perform. We want to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of our friends within the Turnpike Troubadour Family during this difficult time. We are already pursuing new additions to the lineup for Friday night and will announce just as soon as possible. Stay tuned and may we all find peace.”
In a lengthy Facebook post, the Turnpike Troubadours offered a sincere apology for the missed shows and announced an indefinite hiatus.
“We want nothing more than the opportunity to heal, and to not put all of you through this ever again,” they wrote. The band — made up of singer Evan Felker, Kyle Nix, RC Edwards, Ryan Engleman, Gabe Pearson, guitarist Hank Early — left open the possibility of reuniting when they felt “everyone is of strong mind, body and spirit and can deliver what our fans deserve.”
The 5th Annual Peacemaker Festival, presented by Cox, is set for July 26 through 27 in Downtown Fort Smith’s Riverfront Amphitheater. This year’s festival will feature Ryan Bingham, Josh Abbott Band, Lucero, North Mississippi Allstars, Samantha Fish, William Clark Green, Dylan Earl and JD Clayton.