Rosanne Cash, Isbell and more voice support for gun control

Rolling Stone carried an interesting piece yesterday on americana and country artists who in the wake of the recent mass shootings in the US have voiced their support for gun control. In several recent incidents, the guns used were semi-automatic assault weapons which more than half of Americans favour a ban on owning. Continue reading “Rosanne Cash, Isbell and more voice support for gun control”

Sturgill Simpson announces new album “Sound & Fury”

Sturgill Simpson has announced early details for ‘Sound & Fury’, the title of both his new album arriving this fall via Elektra Records and the original Japanese anime film he created with some of the biggest names in its genre which is simultaneously being released by Netflix.  You can watch the first trailer for the album including film footage and music from it below, which was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend during a panel featuring Simpson and two of the filmmakers, writer/director Jumpei Mizusaki and character designer Takashi Okazaki.  Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson announces new album “Sound & Fury””

Sturgill Simpson to appear at US Comic-Con panel

Rolling Stone is reporting this morning that Sturgill Simpson is set to appear on a panel at the 2019 Comic-Con in San Diego, discussing his involvement in the new Japanese anime film ‘Sound & Fury’ which mixes US music with the Japanese animation style. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson to appear at US Comic-Con panel”

Sturgill Simpson records theme for “The Dead Don’t Die” – Listen

Sturgill Simpson has released a new track called ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ which serves as the theme song from Jim Jarmusch‘s new zombie comedy movie of the same name starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver. The movie came out on Friday to fairly middling reviews (“zombies gobbling up scraps of pop culture” said the NYT, presumably about the film and not its audience), but if you don’t want to face it then joy of joys Simpson has released the song as a stand-alone single which you can hear below.

Sturgill plays bluegrass set at Grand Ole Opry – Watch

We leave you this weekend dear reader – and a big weekend for us being based as we are in Liverpool (wish us luck!) – with this clip from Sturgill Simpson who made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in over four years earlier this week. Simpson played on his Kentucky roots by performing a bluegrass set with a sterling band that included Sierra Hull on mandolin and Stuart Duncan on fiddle. You can watch ‘Pretty Polly’ below (and click through for more songs including ‘The Promise’ and ‘Long White Line’.) Have a good one!

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Sturgill and Isbell to play Tibet House benefit

News from Pitchfork this afternoon that Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell have announced that they’ll be performing at the 32nd annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert which takes place at Carnegie Hall on February 7th. They report: “They will perform alongside previously announced guests New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Margo Price, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jon Batiste, Stephen Colbert, and more. Philip Glass will be the evening’s artistic director. Tickets can be purchased on the Carnegie Hall website. Continue reading “Sturgill and Isbell to play Tibet House benefit”

Sturgill and Tyler play Nashville’s Ryman – Watch

RS Country are carrying a clip this morning, which we embed for you below dear reader, of a surprise appearance by Sturgill Simpson at Tyler Childers’ current shows at the Ryman opening for Margo Price. They report: “Adding a fiery solo to “Whitehouse Road,” Childers’ song about the drugs, desolation and muted dreams of modern Appalachia, Simpson elicited a thunderous roar from the audience – but it wasn’t the first time the crowd got on their feet that night. Childers had already received a standing ovation by the time he got to his second song, proving just how emotionally rousing the Kentucky native’s music can be.” The man who shot the clip was promptly arrested at the end of the gig for copyright infringement.

John Prine and Sturgill perform on Colbert – Watch

We’re full to the rafters with horses, women and rain in Liverpool today (which sounds like the title of a country compilation) and so we leave you for the weekend with this lovely clip of 3 americana legends in the one set and coinciding with the release today of the first new album of original songs in over 13 years from John Prine. ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ features collaborations with the Pat McLaughlin, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires among others and last night, Prine performed the song ‘Summer’s End’ from the album on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, alongside Sturgill and Brandi Carlile. Watch it below, and have a good one!

Sturgill makes acting debut as laid off steelworker

Presumably after watching Bowie’s magnificent performance in Labyrinth and thinking “I can do that..”  You can try Sturgill but will only end up a pale(r) imitation.  RS Country reports: “Sturgill Simpson is set to make his acting debut in $1, a new series on CBS All Access, the network’s online streaming and video on-demand subscription service. The show, a murder mystery set in a small Rust Belt town called Braden, stars Jeff Perry, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr., and John Carroll Lynch as Bud “Pop” Carl, owner of the local steel mill Carl Steel. Simpson’s character, Ken Fry, is an ex-employee of the mill who was pink-slipped by Pop. He now makes his living selling stolen goods at an ongoing yard sale. Continue reading “Sturgill makes acting debut as laid off steelworker”

Tyler Childers “Purgatory” (Thirty Tigers 2018)

Building up a steady head of public interest, Tyler Childers follows his three singles of last year with his debut album co-produced by Sturgill Simpson no less. And it could well have been hewn from the same wood as Sturgill’s earlier releases. Lots of guitars, rebel lyricism and fiddles with nods to Nashville, Appalachia and Steve Earle particularly with the ‘Copperhead Road’ fuelled ‘Whitehouse Road’ – note the repeat of the word road to enable such comparisons. Continue reading “Tyler Childers “Purgatory” (Thirty Tigers 2018)”