I just got the best email I have gotten in weeks. The release date is set for the new Turnpike Troubadours album: Sept. 18. Setting aside the fact that I don't think I will be able to physically make it that long, this is still excellent news.
The release includes a couple of juicy hints in the form of song names: "The Mercury," "How Do You Fall Out Of Love" and "A Little Song." It also looks like this self-titled third album will include a new version of "Bossier City" in its 12 tracks—a sweet little rocker that long-time fans will remember from their indie debut of the same name:
This is an album worth getting excited about—these guys are so much more than a bunch of Okies who once covered John Hartford with resounding authority (although that's pretty damn cool on its own). Their most recent release, "Goodbye Normal Street," crushes it with tunes like the raw and rough "Gin, Smoke and Lies" and the heart-breaking "Good Lord Lorrie"—The WaPo called it "the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012" and they were right. And there's a couple of tracks on their 2010 release, "Diamonds & Gasoline," that I will never get over: the ode to broken hearts in small towns "Whole Damn Town" and the unforgettable "7&7," just to name two.
Also dropping soon is Jason Isbell's new album, the 11-song effort "Something More Than Free." Street date is July 17, and if the single is anything to go by, this is going to be another great record. It's hard to imagine anything topping "Southeastern," but I'm open to the possibility.