This story has been updated (see below).
No, it’s not a Nirvana cover, but it is quite a surprise from the Turnpike Troubadours, who usually tend to leave their fans salivating for new music between album releases with agonizing impatience. Without pretense or explanation, the Oklahoma natives dropped a new single called “Come As You Are” on Friday, and it has folks all abuzz and for good reason.
The soft, slow, steel guitar-driven tune is classic Troubadours, with Evan Felker’s signature vocals and melodic wisdom, and a sentiment easy to connect with immediately.
Inquiries to the Turnpike Troubadours camp about the nature of the single release were not immediately returned. The troupe released their latest, self-titled record via Thirty Tigers on September 18th, 2015. Turnpike usually takes three or so years between releases, making the new single a bit of a surprise, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a new album is on the way just yet. The Turnpike Troubadours song “The Bird Hunters” won Saving Country Music’s 2015 Song of the Year.
So far the song only appears to be available through streaming outlets, but we’ll update you if it shows up for download. Until then we’ll have this puppy on repeat.
The song is the latest installment in Bruce Robison’s The Next Waltz studio series. It was co-written by Evan Felker, and Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller.
More info coming…