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!
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”
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)”
The very beardy Chris Staplegun was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night, and he didn’t turn up alone – hidden in the depths of his beard was surprise guest Sturgill Simpson, who joined his fellow Kentucky brother onstage to perform “Midnight Train To Memphis” and “Hard Livin’.” You can watch them perform together below via two different clips (thank you SNL for not blocking UK access). Continue reading “Sturgill plays SNL with Chris Stapleton – Watch”
Excellent piece up on the ever more politically essential RS at the moment on some more hideous legislation (or lack of it). Thank you Mr President once again. They report: “On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether or not to repeal Net Neutrality, a decision about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that could impact – among so many other pillars of our country’s modern democracy – the future of music. And independent musicians, those who run a mainly DIY operation, are poised to be hurt the most. Continue reading “Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art”
If Simpson and Isbell had a fight to see who was the coolest, Simpson would be one up at this point. (But then the Jeremy Hunt thing… see, it’s never ending..) Billboard report: “The Country Music Association Awards are being held in Nashville right now. But Sturgill Simpson has never had much love for the country music establishment, and instead of performing at the actual ceremony, he’s been participating by busking outside the event and donating all the money he gets to the ACLU. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson goes busking outside CMA Awards”
Obviously this pales into insignifance compared to TV Choice Awards in which Emmerdale won 4 this year, but still, if you can drag yourself through the article, Rolling Stone reports: “Thank you to the Americana fans, because, without you, there might be no other place for me,” said Amanda Shires, collecting her award for Emerging Artist of the Year at Wednesday’s 16th annual Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville. And she’s right: as guests filtered into the Ryman Auditorium, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” played over the outdoor speakers and tourists danced to Luke Bryan covers on Lower Broadway. Continue reading “Sturgill and Prine triumph at americana awards”
Amen to that. Better sick on the road than in the car though, golden rule of travelling. Rolling Stone County had a little chat with poor Sturgill on his current US tour supporting Guns and Roses: “”It’s the worst being sick on the road,” Sturgill Simpson tells Rolling Stone Country, texting from a tour bus on a 1,600-mile haul from Arkansas to South Florida, where, Tuesday night, the unconventional country singer plays the last of three stadium dates supporting his childhood heroes Guns N’ Roses. He’s hoping the case of “road gut” that afflicted him before the first gig in Denver subsides before the last hurrah in Miami. Continue reading “Sturgill chats to RS: “It’s the worst being sick on the road””
Tyler Childers’ new album “Purgatory” (which would be a better title for the last five U2 albums) is produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, and RS Country premiered the track below yesterday. They describe it as blending “that ethereal, off-kilter edge of bluegrass with Seventies country and an analog, Southern rock slant… and lyrics that dig deep into the struggle to dull the pain of life in rural America.” Purgatory is out August 4th on Hickman Holler Records via Thirty Tigers.
Not literally. Rolling Stone reports: “Sturgill Simpson has made key changes to his band, debuting a stripped-down, lean lineup at a performance in Florida this past weekend. Simpson addressed the transformation, which bids farewell to his touring horn section and, most noticeably, longtime lead guitarist Laur Joamets, on Facebook. “We’ve been trying to keep it under wraps to avoid the inevitable rumor mill, but last night’s gig in Okeechobee FL officially marks the beginning of a new chapter,” Simpson wrote. “We’re all very sad to say that after nearly four years Laur Joamets has decided it’s time to move on to pursue greener pastures and a gig with little more wiggle room for him to stretch out. It’s been a pleasure and an honor watching him grow into one of the baddest guitar players on the planet and everyone in the band wishes him the best in his future endeavors.” Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson slims down for new tour”