Formed in the spring of 2005, Nudie and the Turks took their vision first to the streets, busking anywhere and everywhere. This lead to an East Coast Music Awards showcase; no small feat for a three month old band.
After playing the clubs and a 6 month residency at the infamous Elm Avenue Social Club, they decided to follow Willie Nelson’s Maritime Tour in 2006, busking for the people going in, then playing a show in each city. The seed of the idea came from them doing the same at a George Jones show, where they met George backstage and had his fiddle player sit in out front. His wise advice was “do what’s in your heart and good things will happen to you.”
Four shows into the ten city tour, Billy English (Willie’s percussionist/drummer) joined them, playing snare drum. They then got on the bus, hung out with band and crew, and were asked to play the end of tour party in St. John’s. As well as seeing a few shows backstage, an invitation was extended to come to Texas to play Poodie Locke’s (Willie’s tour manager of 30 + years) club outside of Austin.
Since then Nudie and the Turks continue to keep busy playing the Maritimes, Ontario, Quebec & Western Canada.