Simpson makes sin sound good
Friday, May 2, 2014
– Sturgill Simpson's new song, "Live of Sin," can be heard on Esquire
in advance of his sophomore disc, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, " due May 13 on High Top Mountain Records.
Simpson will tour the U.S. and United Kingdom this spring and summer with shows in Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C. Additional upcoming appearances include BBC's "Later Live with Jools Holland" and "Later...with Jools Holland" on May 6 and May 9 as well as American Public Media's "A Prairie Home Companion" on May 10.
Produced once again by friend and trusted collaborator Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson), "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" was recorded live-to-tape at Nashville's LCS studio over 4 days in late 2013. Simpson was joined by his touring band - bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller.
"Myriad worldly offerings - religion, drugs, and more - all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That's what this record is about."
Simpson's portrait on the album cover was designed by friend and painter Jason Seiler, who is perhaps best known for illustrating Pope Francis for TIME Magazine's 2013 "Person of the Year" issue.
Tour dates are:
May 3 Belfast, U.K. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 4-5 Kilkenny, Ireland Kilkenny Roots
May 8 Nashville, TN Station Inn (WSM live broadcast)
May 13 Nashville, TN Grimey's (in-store)
May 15 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
May 17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
July 3 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival
July 9 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
July 10 Washington, DC The Birchmere *
July 18 Cincinnati, OH Buckle Up Fest
July 24 London, U.K. Bush Hall
July 26 Perth, U.K. Southern Fried Festival
July 27 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Aug. 29-30 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
Sept.13 Naches, WA Chinook Festival
Sept. 19-20 Bristol, TN Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival
Oct. 26 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium **
* supporting Pokey LaFarge
** supporting Jason Isbell
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