Turnpike Troubadours have confirmed that a new song, “Mean Old Sun,” is dropping SOON.
Yesterday, they teased a “special announcement” on the way, and this weekend, fans were sent into a frenzy after the unreleased song mistakenly appeared on TouchTunes jukeboxes across the country, and luckily, it sounds like they’re not making us wait too long to hear it.
They shared this teaser on Instagram, which features frontman Evan Felker and the rest of the band walking out from backstage to an empty venue:
“Cat’s out of the bag… new single coming soon. Pre-save link in bio.”
I can hardly contain my excitement… this is the greatest news I’ve heard all year, honsetly:
And we do already know that there’s other new Turnpike music in the works too, because as soon as they started touring again last year, the rumors started flying that they’d been working on a new album (possibly with Shooter Jennings producing), and there was even talk of an Evan Felker solo album coming as well.
And then back in February of last year, we saw pictures of what appeared to be the boys at FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and it really got the wheels spinning.
Then, Evan Felker officially put those rumors to rest at Red Rocks back in May of last year:
“I heard a rumor that we’ve been working on a record… and that rumor is true. I’m gonna play something new for ya”
But that was the last official update we’ve heard on a new album, and it was almost a year ago, and now, the long-awaited studio return of the Oklahoma boys is officially official.
It feels like we’re really getting close to a new record, and it seems likely that this is the lead single from that unofficially announced project.
And while the band hasn’t put out a release date for “Mean Old Sun” quite yet, make sure you stay tuned, because it should be in the very, very near future…
Evan and company also previously debuted another new song “Cat In the Rain” at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, and then played it again at Red Rocks (and quite a few other times since) the following weekend: