Sturgill Simpson Releases A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
It was written as a musical roadmap for his firstborn son who took his first breath in 2014; it is beautiful, an album with a jaw-dropping cover of Nivana’s “In Bloom” and has so much more to give. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is a great addition to country music. Sturgill Simpson has been around since 2004 but it was his sterling debut three years back that really got the ball rolling. He encompasses all that is country music, with a special emphasis on the country soul genre. His third album saw its release on April 15, 2016, with his last two having been in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He has gone with Atlantic Records for this label release and has held special listening parties at participating independent record stores since April 8 in order to give fans a glimpse of that which is to come. It was also available to stream online through NPR Music.
An incredible alternative country singer, Simpson has gotten us entranced with his latest project, producing the album himself and recruiting Grammy Award-winning recording engineer David Ferguson, a man with quite the career having worked with Johnny Cash, The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse and Michael Buble. During the album’s release, fans were also in for a treat with the “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” music video.
Within the album there are 9 different tracks, with the Nirvana cover gaining the most press coverage but by far not being the best among the tunes. On the contrary, some commentators have called it the weakest, though obviously not everyone is in agreement. The Dap-Kings have been brought on board and we are looking at Simpson’s take on his responsibilities to his young son. It starts off with his hit single “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” and is an original along with eight others, “In Bloom” being the only piece he did not produce himself. One of the tracks titled “Call to Arms” has also been named a top pick for this week, which is grand for Simpson and those of us who really enjoy not only the artwork of the album but all of the heartfelt lyrics that go into a musical rendition of advice for a child. How can one not love Sturgill Simpson after this?
You can learn more about Simpson’s music at his beautiful website sturgillsimpson.com
For those of you attending Austin City Limits Music Festival this year, don’t miss his set!