What were we saying about 2020 being the year of the covers album? Well, whatever it was here’s another clincher to say that that thought was a correct one. Hot on the heels of ‘Cuttin’ Grass, Vol 1‘ comes news of the more than half-anticipated ‘Cuttin’ Grass, Vol 2‘, which will be released on vinyl on April 2nd 2021 but is out now digitally on High Top Mountain Records via Thirty Tigers/The Orchard.
It sees Sturgill Simpson reunite with his acoustic band – now formally dubbed ‘The Hillbilly Avengers’ – to continue the reinterpretation of his back catalogue. It’s not, says Simpson, just a retread of Volume 1’s formula though: “On Volume 2, we recorded everything I was too afraid to do on Volume 1. It’s hard to deny that this is a much more personal record. I was thinking about my kids, my grandfather, my wife.”
There’s also the appearance of a nostalgic co-write with Merle Haggard, ‘Hobo Cartoon‘, which you can take a listen to right now.