Turnpike Troubadours Confirm New Single “Mean Old Sun”

Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker

New music is on the way from the Turnpike Troubadours, finally. On Wednesday (4-19), the band confirmed that a new single called “Mean Old Sun” is coming and is now available to pre-save on streaming networks. The quick announcement was also accompanied by a teaser video of the band walking down a corridor, with “oohs” and a banjo playing in the background (see below).

Though we don’t have a date at this moment for when the single will be released, the announcement came with the quick caption, “Cat’s out of the bag.” That occurred this weekend when “Mean Old Sun” populated on TouchTunes machines at bars and other locations across the United States on accident. As Turnpike fans showed up at their favorite watering hole and went to play a Turnpike song, they noticed the new selection in their catalog. The song came with blacked out cover art, and was attributed to Bossier City Records, which is the band’s imprint on Thirty Tigers.

According to sources, “Mean Old Sun” was initially planned to be released on Friday, April 14th at midnight as a standalone single. But that plan was later scrapped, and the folks at TouchTunes didn’t get the memo. Though some were able to play the song through TouchTunes, it quickly disappeared off the TouchTunes network. However, because of the leak, it appears the Turnpike Troubadours camp has decided to move up the single release from what they had planned.

The Turnpike Troubadours were rumored to have been in FAME studios in Muscle Shoals in February of 2022, with some linking Shooter Jennings to the project. Bassist RC Edwards also confirmed in the summer of 2022 that the band had been in the studio and writing new songs. Evan Felker played a new song in Houston on May 7th, 2022 called “Cat In The Rain,” and recently at an album release show for Lance Roark, RC Edwards said a new song Roark and himself wrote “might be on that new Turnpike record.”

“Mean Old Sun” will be the first new music from the Turnpike Troubadours since 2017’s A Long Way From Your Heart, and the first single since their hiatus between 2019 and 2021. It comes at a time when the band has been on a meteoric rise in popularity, including selling out large venues and being booked as headliners at numerous festivals.

Despite that success, Turnpike was recently forced to cancel a planned show in Washington, DC at the Capital One Arena on Friday, May 5th. The band blamed a “significant Ticketmaster issue” that displayed the wrong prices for tickets that the band said “deterred people from purchasing tickets.” There was a ticketing issue, but demand for the show may not have been as robust as anticipated.

That will not be the case for “Mean Old Sun,” and any potential album announcement that may accompany the single release. Though many are assuming the song will come out sometime this week, this has not been confirmed just yet. Stay tuned to for more information as it appears new music from the Turnpike Troubadours is finally on the way.

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