Sturgill Simpson is the musical god that we’ve all been waiting for. First of all, he has a voice comparable to Waylon Jennings or Merle Haggard, but ties in new country, bluegrass, folk, and more into his music. He is the perfect combination of the “old” country sound and modern/contemporary music that we are all so thirsty for. Sturgill Simpson is a songwriting genius with the voice of an angel that I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF! It doesn’t help that I have a soft spot for Bluegrass music and Simpson used to be a part of a bluegrass band called Sunday Valley before he became a solo artist. However, this guy shines all on his own. I mean, check out his performance of “All Around You” with the Dap Kings. You will be blown away.
To be honest, my first glimpse of him performing was when I watched Grammy’s this year. Yes, I’ve heard of Simpson in the past but never got around to downloading any of his albums. I can’t help but be PISSED at myself for waiting so long to listening to his work. My favorite thing about Simpson is that he puts in blood, sweat, and tears into his music. I appreciate an artist who writes and produces their own albums – which is exactly what Simpson did for his most recent album, dedicated to the life of his son, “A Sailor’s Guide to the Earth”. High Top Mountain was funded, released, and cut in Nashville solely by Simpson before he signed with independent British label, Loose. His first two albums were produced by Dave Cobb and predominantly written by Simpson. Simpson brought home Country Album of the Year at the 59th Grammy Awards.
My favorite songs by Sturgill Simpson:
- Turtles All the Way Down (Metamodern Sounds in Country Music)
- Long White Line (Metamodern Sounds in Country Music)
- Water in a Well (High Top Mountain)
- All Around You (A Sailor’s Guide to Earth)
- Welcome to Earth (Pollywog) (A Sailor’s Guide to Earth)