It’s been a week for the Turnpike Troubadours, that’s for sure. They inadvertently announced their new album A Cat in the Rain on Wednesday (5-3) via a leak on their website, and released their first new song in six years “Mean Old Sun” on Friday. But they aren’t done yet. We finally have the full details of the new album along with physical pre-orders, and a butt load of new tour dates to coincide with all of the other Turnpike news.
The Turnpike Troubadours have been spending the late part of 2022 and the early part of 2023 trying to graduate to an arena act. They were pretty successful when it comes to their home turf of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Arkansas, and Texas. But the band met their Waterloo when they booked Washington DC’s Capitol One Arena.
The DC show was supposed to happen today, Friday May 5th—the same day they were supposed to announce the new album. Neither of those things went as planned. But that doesn’t mean that Turnpike still isn’t on fire and may not end up in arenas coast to coast eventually. For now though, the band appears to be willing to take a more measured approach for their touring schedule.
They’re still playing the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Nebraska in August, which definitely resides in Red Dirt country, as well as some bigger amphitheaters and major festivals throughout the tour. But they’ve also booked out the Ryman Auditorium for two nights, and Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth for three, making sure to still serve their fans those intimate experiences arenas just can’t provide. They’re also coming to DC. It’s just at The Anthem as opposed to Capitol One.
Turnpike will also be bringing along a rather kick ass set of openers that includes Katilin Butts, Hayes Carll, Pony Bradshaw, Lance Roark, Miles Miller, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Muscadine Bloodline, Blackberry Smoke, Morgan Wade, Jason Boland, The Avett Brothers, and more.
One of the bummers about the early leak of the new Turnpike album info is that physical pre-orders weren’t ready to present when the internet was all abuzz. But now they are, and fans can take advantage of CDs and vinyl, including four exclusive colored vinyl editions of A Cat in the Rain.
Pre-order CD from Turnpike
Pre-order Vinyl from Amazon
Pre-order Navy Marble Vinyl from Turnpike
Pre-Order Opaque Tan Vinyl from local record store
Pre-Order Powder Blue Vinyl from Magnolia Record Club
A Cat in the Rain was produced by Shooter Jennings at the FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Dave’s Room in Los Angeles. It will be released on August 25th.
Tickets for new Turnpike Troubadours shows go on sale Friday, May 12 at 10:00 am local time.
Editor’s Note: This article was composed with absolutely no help from Sacks & Co.
Cat in the Rain TRACK LIST:
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
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