Pick of the Political Pops: Sturgill Simpson “The Promise”

We had a quick straw poll amongst the residents of Americana-UK Towers and pretty much to a man and woman we decided that this was the crappiest zombie apocalypse that we have ever lived through. We didn’t get to break out the AK-47s and go on a zombie slaughterfest. We didn’t get to loot the local Cooperative Stores mini-market for its plentiful stock of artisan gin and Green Shield stamps. We didn’t even get to strike up unlikely relationships with the same/opposite sex, bound together by a desperate need for survival, companionship and consensual (if desperate) sex. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Sturgill Simpson “The Promise””

Ten Americana artists from Kentucky

If you were to find yourself cruising down Interstate-75 in the Renfro Valley area of Kentucky you may feel inclined to take a detour at exit 62 and head on down to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. A caveat at the current time would be that you may find some time to kill upon your arrival, as the said attraction will not reopen until September. That aside, within its hallowed walls are inductees aplenty including the likes of The Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynne, Bill Monroe, Merle Travis and Ricky Skaggs. Continue reading “Ten Americana artists from Kentucky”

Sturgill Simpson announces live stream show from the Ryman

Sturgill Simpson released his latest album ‘Sound & Fury’ (along with its accompanying animated film) last year, and was scheduled to shortly go on tour with Tyler Childers to support of it, but that like everything else was cancelled due to the pandemic. Still in a win for the environment, Simpson has announced a livestream performance from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium which will take place tomorrow (June 5th) at 8 PM USA ET. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson announces live stream show from the Ryman”

Margo Price releases new live album featuring Emmylou and Sturgill

Margo Price has announced the surprise release of a new live album, ‘Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman’. Out today exclusively on Bandcamp, all proceeds benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, and while Margo has been working on putting the energy of those gigs back out into the world ever since they happened, she couldn’t wait any longer. Continue reading “Margo Price releases new live album featuring Emmylou and Sturgill”

Sturgill Simpson tests positive for Covid-19

Sturgill Simpson has announced in a lengthy Instagram post that he has tested positive for COVID-19, writing that he received the diagnosis on Friday after almost a month of not exhibiting symptoms. Simpson describes his frustration at not being tested in mid-March after his tour of the US was cut short, but appears to be doing OK at the moment, although clearly exasperated at the baby-king’s response nationally. Here’s the post: Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson tests positive for Covid-19”

Video: Sturgill Simpson “A Good Look”

One of last year’s standout albums was ‘Sound & Fury’ by the great, Grammy-winning Sturgill Simpson.  Here’s the latest video from the album, featuring blistering guitars, disco rhythms and animated footage from the Netflix anime movie that accompanied the album’s release.  Here’s how we described ‘Sound & Fury’: “…an adventurous, genre-smashing album. It’s an exhilarating ride from start to finish, reinforcing Simpson’s reputation as one of the most exciting musicians around.”  Read the full review here.

Sturgill Simpson “Fastest Horse in Town” (Live): Watch

If you have 10 minutes to spare this afternoon you could do worse than spend it watching the clip below of Sturgill Simpson who played an intimate show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this week which formed part of a small tour (both venue and lengthwise) he’s currently undertaking as a benefit for the Special Forces Foundation. During the show, Simpson played his recently released album ‘Sound & Fury’ back to front (which it’s fair to say we were fans of) including an epic version of its closing track ‘Fastest Horse in Town’ which has some extended solos in it if you’re a fan of that kind of thing.

Sturgill Simpson “Mercury in Retrogade” – Listen

We leave you for this week dear reader with a track from Sturgill Simpson’s new album ‘Sound and Fury’ which it’s fair to say is getting fairly glowing reviews (The Guardian this morning said: “it’s hard to think of anyone else who’s done it by making an album as gripping and enjoyable as this” and gave it 5 stars). We’ll have a review for you when we pull our fingers out. Have a good one – see you next week.

Sturgill Simpson announces UK dates for 2020

AUK favourite Sturgill Simpson has announced a 9 date European tour, with his full band, including London’s O2 Forum on 28th January.  The tour will follow the release of the singer-songwriter’s new album ‘Sound & Fury’ and its accompanying Netflix anime film, which will be released simultaneously on 27th September.  Presale starts at 9am on Wednesday 18th September, with general on sale starting on Friday 20th at 9am. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson announces UK dates for 2020”

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”