Thursday, April 7, 2016
– Sturgill Simpson's upcoming new disc, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," can be streamed at NPR's First Listen.
Starting on Friday, more than 80 independent record stores nationwide will hold special listening events to mark the album release. Participating stores will be given a copy of the album on vinyl to play in the store as well as limited edition canvas tote bags.
The disc, which expands Simpson's sonicscape to some bluesy and swampy sounds, drops April 15 on Atlantic Records.
In support of the release, Simpson will kick off his 2016 tour this May including sold-out shows at Austin's Moody Theater (two nights), Dallas' The Bomb Factory, Lexington's Lexington Opera House (two nights), Knoxville's Tennessee Theater, Indianapolis' Egyptian Room, Louisville's Louisville Palace and Minneapolis' First Avenue.
Produced by Simpson, "A Sailor's Guide To Earth" was written as a letter to his first child, who arrived during the summer of 2014.
Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, "Cowboy" Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar and special guests The Dap-Kings.
"A Sailor's Guide To Earth" is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his breakthrough, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music."
The track list is:
1. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call To Arms
Tour dates are:
May 5-6 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater (sold out)
May 7 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory (sold out)
May 10 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
May 11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater
May 16-17 - Lexington, KY - Lexington Opera House (sold out)
May 18 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theater
May 20 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theater (sold out)
May 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room - Old National Centre (sold out)
May 22 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace (sold out)
June 2 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
June 3 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
June 4 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
June 5 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue (sold out)