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Simpson goes bluegrass

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Sturgill Simpson announced today on social media that he was releasing a bluegrass album on Friday.

"Welp,..was hoping to surprise everybody on Thursday but somebody somewhere (Germany) got all excited and just couldn't hold their horses," he posted on Instagram. "Anyway,.."Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1 - The Butcher Shoppe Sessions"

The posting also contained a bright yellow and green album cover of Simpson on a tractor.

"And yes,..this is actually the album cover," Simpson said.

The Kentucky singer teased about the album earlier this year.

The release contains rerecordings. Six cuts were on 2013's "High Top Mountain" with seven of the songs were on 2014's "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Two more were on 2016's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth."

Musicians on the album include Mark Howard - banjo, Scott Vestal - banjo, Mike Bub - bass, Sierra Hull - vocals and mandolin, Tim O'Brien - vocals / guitar, Miles Miller - vocals and snare and Stuart Duncan - fiddle.

The release was produced by David "Ferg" Ferguson.

The track list is:
1. All Around You
2. All the Pretty Colors
3. Breakers Roar
4. I Don't Mind
5. I Wonder
6. Just Let Go
7. Life Ain't Fair
8. A Little Light
9. Life of Sin
10. Long White Line
11. Living the Dream
12. Old King Coal
13. Railroad of Sin
14. Sitting Here Without You
15. Sometimes Wine
16. The Storm
17. Time After All
18. Turtles All the Way Down
19. Voices
20. Water in a Well


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CD review - A Soldier's Guide to Earth If scratching your head about the sounds emanating from Sturgill Simpson's third release, then "It Ain't All Flowers" from his last release, the excellent "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," ought to serve as a reference point. In a disc filled with traditional country sounds, "Flowers" was about as far away as one could get with the electronics sounding so completely disjointed from everything else on the release. Put it this way - " Islands" ...
CD review - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music The first time you hear Sturgill sing you may feel like you've heard a ghost - the ghost of Waylon Jennings, that is. Although his voice isn't as low as Jennings' was, it's nevertheless still in the same general vocal range ballpark. Better still, the Kentucky native sings wonderfully honest country songs. "Life of Sin," for instance, is a song about, well, sinning, which is really some of what great country is all about. Yes, most of this album will do a ...
CD review - High Top Mountain There's not a whole lot of traditional troubadours around these days. Old school may still be appreciated, but when it comes to country crossovers and reaching the masses, it's roots rock, alt.-country and Americana that hold the upper hand. Which makes it surprising in a way that newcomer Sturgill Simpson should sound like such a, well, old-timer. Hell, even his name resembles the kind of handle aptly suited to a country crooner. It's little wonder then that his debut disc, ...


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