The Turnpike Troubadours usually take a few years before they release new music, but this week they broke their streak.
On Thursday, the Oklahoma country outfit posted a new song, “Come As You Are,” to their YouTube account and various streaming channels. By Friday afternoon, fans and media began sharing the song, even though the band hadn’t released any details about the track. According to reports, the song is part of Bruce Robison’s new music series, The Next Waltz.
In case you were wondering, the Troubadours are not following in Sturgill Simpson’s footsteps with a new Nirvana cover. “Come As You Are” is an original tune co-written by lead singer Evan Felker and Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s.
The song showcases Felker’s voice and the band’s warm vocal harmonies. The four-part harmony during the chorus and the lull of fiddle and steel guitar give the song a pleasant, sleepy feel. This one makes me think of the Grateful Dead circa Workingman’s Dead meets Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline.
Take a listen.
In 2015, the Troubadours released a self-titled album, which was one of the strongest country records of last year. There’s no word yet of a new album in the works. But if “Come As You Are” is any indication of what’s to come, we’re looking forward to what’s in store.