Ok look… before anybody freaks out, obviously we all want the Turnpike Troubadours to make a comeback. We want Evan Felker to get healthy, we want the band to get back to making music, we want them to write new songs, tour again, and continue being one of the greatest country bands on planet Earth.
I’d have no problem tweeting this every damn day. I won’t, but I could. It’s how I feel most days.
So as much as we’re all dying for the Turnpike comeback, who knows when the reunion will happen? It could be months, it could be years, it could be never (it sucks to even type that out, but it’s true). We’re approaching a year since the band first announced their indefinite hiatus, and I sure as shit ain’t writing these guys off as done forever and I’m pretty sure nobody else is, but if nothing else, the comeback doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon.
Enter Jason Bell and Blake Samford.
Jason and Blake (a couple of Texas dudes I randomly saw while I was scrolling through the Tweeter this afternoon) dreamed up this incredible tribute album idea. And to be honest, I absolutely LOVE it.
We’re seeing Tyler Childers, Cody Johnson, Jamie Lin Wilson, Cody Jinks, Koe Wetzel, Kaitlin Butts, Parker McCollum, Sunny Sweeney, Margo Price, Whiskey Myers and a ton more, all covering some of Turnpike’s best work.
Don’t act like you wouldn’t love to hear this.
And before some of you gather up the pitchforks and light the torches with your indignant cries of sacrilege, let’s just remind ourselves that this just a pipe dream. Nobody is declaring Turnpike dead, it’s just something fun to think about. And if it was your tribute album, how would you want to build it?
Do you want to hear Parker record “Good Lord Lorrie” or would you prefer Tyler Childers? What do you think about Triston Marez on “7 & 7”? How good would Margo Price be singing pretty much anything? Why the fuck isn’t “Morgan Street” on this list? I love that song. It really makes you think about all the amazing possibilities, while at the same time honoring one of the best in the business. I mean, if Turnpike wasn’t Turnpike, would we be sitting around dreaming up things like this? Nope…
And the whole idea was based on raising money for the band. A noble endeavor indeed.
Bravo fellas, I dig it.
So I had this idea back in August after several months with them not touring. I talked to @Jason_BellTX7 and this is what came of, a what could be a beautiful tribute album. But even better the main idea was to take all profits and send it back to the band for a speedy recovery https://t.co/2dMfWks3Tn