Turnpike Troubadours announce first album in 6 years & tour, share new video
Alt-country greats Turnpike Troubadours have finally announced their first new album in six years, A Cat In The Rain, due August 25 via Bossier City Records/Thirty Tigers (pre-order). The album was produced by Shooter Jennings, and the first single is "Mean Old Sun," which the band recently debuted at Stagecoach. The studio version is even better; it's a dark, somber dose of Americana with a triumphant chorus and it really sounds like a big comeback. Listen and watch the Sterlin Harjo-directed video below.
Turnpike have also announced several new tour dates, including stops in NYC, LA, DC, a two-night stand at the Ryman in Nashville, a three-night stand at Billy Bob's Fort Wort, TX leading up to New Year's Eve, and much more. Their dates include shows with Lucero, Old 97's, Morgan Wade, Kaitlin Butts, The Avett Brothers, Muscadine Bloodline, Pony Bradshaw, Reckless Kelly, The Wood Brothers, and more.
The NYC show happens July 26 at Beacon Theater with Hayes Carll. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 12 at 10 AM with presales beforehand. All dates are listed below.
A new Rolling Stone feature shed's light on the band's breakup and return:
The story as it has been told — that Turnpike took a break so that Felker could get sober before getting back on the road — was never true. Felker walked away from the band before a scheduled show in Houston in May 2019 never intending to play another note, period. At the time, sobriety was not in the cards.
This was not a comeback from alcoholism. This was a comeback from being so jaded to every aspect of music that Felker never wanted to be around it again.
The actual circumstances — painful as they may have been for the band — were quite tame in the sprawling universe of musical controversies. To rehash them for context: By early 2018, Turnpike was no longer a rising star in Americana. Rather, they were elbowing for a place in the genre’s pantheon alongside artists like Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlile.
What had been a bar band for a decade found itself opening mainstream country tours, like that year’s Bandwagon Tour with Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town. A sudden relationship between Felker and Lambert — he and Staci were married at the time — led to Turnpike leaving the tour, the Felkers’ divorce, and an absurd social media firestorm, with fans choosing sides between Lambert and Staci. In its wake, Felker needed an escape. Instead, he found more fans than ever lining up for Turnpike shows, the last thing such an introvert would want at the time. That is when the cancellations happened — Chicago (twice), Shreveport, the Mile 0 Festival in Key West, and the last one in Houston — between September 2018 and May 2019. A concert date would arrive, and Felker would either not make the trip at all or disappear before show time. The band’s internal relationships deteriorated. The bus itself became a toxic place.
Felker then ended up getting sober, reconciling with and remarrying Staci, and was in a place where he knew he was ready to record an album and tour again. So "he texted the band, letting them know he was personally ready but that they needed boundaries. No drinks onstage. Band, crew, and family only backstage. A limited touring schedule." There's a lot more to this story, and you can read the whole thing at Rolling Stone.
1. Mean Old Sun
2. Brought Me
4. Chipping Mill
5. The Rut
6. A Cat in the Rain
7. Black Sky
8. East Side Love Song (Bottoms Up)
9. Three More Days
10. Won’t You Give Me One More Chance
Turnpike Troubadours -- 2023 Tour Dates
July 21—Redmond, OR—FairWell Festival
July 26—New York, NY—Beacon Theater*
July 27—York, PA—York State Fair
July 29—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
August 10—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium†
August 11—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡
August 19—Palmer, AK—Alaska State Fair Inc
August 24—Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena+
August 25—Camdenton, MO—Ozarks Amphitheater§
August 26—Bonner Springs, KS—Azura Amphitheater#
September 3—Marietta, GA—Georgia Country Music Fest
September 15—St. Louis, MO—Enterprise Center^
September 16—Pryor, OK—Born & Raised Festival
September 23—Washington DC—The Anthem**
September 24—Cary, NC—Koka Booth Amphitheatre**
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Festival
October 6—Monterey, CA—Rebels & Renegades
October 8—North Charleston, SC—Riverfront Revival Music Festival
October 20—Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theater††
November 2—Huntsville, AL—Orion Amphitheater‡‡
November 3—Tallahassee, FL—Donald L. Tucker Civic Center‡‡
November 4—Orlando, FL—Orlando Amphitheater‡‡
December 28—Fort Worth, TX—Billy Bob’s§§
December 29—Fort Worth, TX—Billy Bob’s‡
December 30—Fort Worth, TX—Billy Bob’s##
*with special guest Hayes Carll
†with special guest Pony Bradshaw
‡with special guest Lance Roark
+with special guests The Avett Brothers and Muscadine Bloodline
§with special guest Muscadine Bloodline
#with special guests The Avett Brothers, Old 97’s and Kaitlin Butts
^with special guests The Avett Brothers and The Wood Brothers
**with special guests Lucero and Reckless Kelly
††with special guest Morgan Wade
‡‡with special guests Blackberry Smoke and Jason Boland & the Stragglers
§§with special guest Ray Wylie Hubbard
##with special guest Miles Miller