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I’ve never been a Sturgill fan. After extensive touring, Simpson settled down in the studio to concentrate on his next recording. I must admit I’m a bit giddy. I reported the same news about Taylor Swift.

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Sturgill SimpsonSturgill Simpson has a new album coming this fall called Sound & Fury, and it will be accompanied by an anime film of the same name to be released on Netflix. Of course you can post what you want. I’m just with the guys who say Sturgill isn’t interested in doing anything for country music as a tradition. That’s perfectly fine. He can go about his angry indie business and write loud rock music for Pokemon world all he wants.

What do you mean, what is the deal?” This is a news story. If the next Sturgill Simpson album is not going to be country, that’s still relevant to the country music realm. I reported the same news about Taylor Swift. And obviously, Sturgill still has deep ties to the independent country scene as a producer and an artist, so I’ll probably review the record and film once it’s released. I think more people would find it unusual if I ignored this news than reported on it.

For Simpson, who produced the album himself, country music is a strong foundation for heady experimentation and exploration. He’s been leading the charge to expand the genre’s reach, opening the doors for a new generation of rule-breaking musicians. His 2013 debut, High Top Mountain, introduced him as a bold and raucous innovator with a sharp burr of a voice and a rousing band behind him. He followed it up quickly with 2014’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, a headtrip album full of backmasked guitars, psychedelic Mellotron strings and heartfelt musings on the universe and his place within album proved a surprise international hit, placing high on yearend lists of at array of publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, L.A. Times, Vogue, Stereogum, NPR Music and the Village Voice.

For those of you who like things besides country” music, check out Ona and Futurebirds, out of West Virginia and Athens, GA. Indie rock with a little twang. Ona’s been shouted out by and toured with Childers. Futurebirds features a lot of pedal steel in their music. It’s not for everybody, but I like it.

I must admit I’m a bit giddy. He just dropped a nice traditional sounding country song for everyone to enjoy. Be happy with that. I may have more on what the implications are for Sturgill not releasing a country record soon. But for now, I’m just reporting the news.

An outlaw country record in form and feel – its debt to Waylon Jennings clear and unashamed – High Top Mountain became a word-of-mouth hit in 2013, thereby establishing Simpson’s country credentials and opening the door to a wider future.

In your ear buds, Sturgill Simpson’s new album is a drag. In person, it’s a triumph. CORRECTION: The headline in this story was updated to correct the spelling of Sturgill Simpson’s name.

My actual point would be, I’ve yet to hear anyone actually argue he should be denied his right” to make music in whatever genre and at whatever quality he sees fit. I’ve not seen a single argument in favor of his imprisonment. I’ve not actually seen anyone demanding reimbursement because they were owed” a country record. To my knowledge, not a single civil suit has been filed to date.


It is his right to make whatever sort of music he wishes, as it is my right to listen, support, or not. I may support his project or veering away from country music, but that does not mean I will listen to it. I really like most of his country stuff, and do not like some of it, especially the stuff that sort of ‘walks the line’ in my opinion. I still don’t have a problem with him trying different genres, though. It’s my opinion and I have the right to be wrong, like everybody else.

Country isn’t the only genre that needs saving”, and if Sturgill wants to save rock too then more power to him. But if the goal of an artist becomes more focused on saving or preserving tradition than innovating and building upon the foundations of those traditions, then they aren’t an artist at all. I’d rather see someone like Sturgill Simpson perform in whatever genre suits his creative expression at the time than chain himself to whatever keeps the genre purist comment sections happy.

On a personal level, I would rather Sturgill Simpson continue to release country records because I’m a country music fan. But I’m a fan of all music first, so I’ll listen to it with an open mind, and judge it on its own merit. Sturgill is being honest that his next record won’t be country, which is a hell of a lot better than someone trying to pass off music as country when it isn’t.

But throughout Sound & Fury,” it’s difficult to figure out what Simpson expects of himself. This is a shrill, tetchy, claustrophobic rock album sodden with record-biz pouting and only the dullest shades of pre-apocalyptic ennui. And believe it or not, it’s not without precedent. Back in 2010, Shooter Jennings dropped Black Ribbons,” a similarly mutated country album with a dystopian lyric sheet and at least a half-dozen guitar riffs that pushed the perimeters of good taste.

Do I wish he would do another Country album? Yes, and I have faith that will come one day again. Until then, I will monitor Sturgill and be impressed that such a creative person is doing what he wants, rather than phoning in what people want him to do.

Go listen to Sunday Valley and you’d know Sturgill Simpson has been a rocker from day one. Nobody ever has to watch the videos for songs. The album will stand on its own. You don’t need to watch the anime movie.

As much as I want a new country album from Sturgill, I’m interested to see what he’ll cook up with this album. If it sounds like what his current live shows sound like, I’m not sure I’ll dig it, but I’m curious nonetheless.

I mean, shit – he’s played songs from T. REX in his concerts for years! How surprised can people really be when he’s interested in psychedelic, sorta-sludgy rock? Has anyone seen a show from him in the past couple years? Just him, keyboards, bass, and drums, with a distinctively rock-tinged feel.

At the same time, I think he’s more than established he could care less about living up to what his well-wishing, financially backing fans, including my food analogy adversary, all agree was special and better about what he was doing before. The nuance comes into play in the reverence for Sunday Valley’s rock music notwithstanding its genre (albeit admittedly hillbilly rock).


Should Sturgill be considered country”? That’s a murky question, but much like Tyler Childers I will support artists who do their own thing, even if it might not be my favorite.


Well, let’s see. His last song (The Dead Don’t Die) is without question traditional country. His last album won the Grammy for best country album. Not a whole lot of country on it, but definitely a roots album and so it falls under the SCM umbrella. He produced the 2017 SCM Album of the Year (Purgatory by Tyler Childers). And then there’s the fact that SCM was the first outlet to champion Sturgill back in 2011 when he was fronting Sunday Valley. I got to see him play a no cover show back in 2013 and wouldn’t have heard of him if not for SCM. And so some of us long time readers who are country music fans but not JUST country music fans might be interested in what he’s doing next, even if it’s possible it won’t be up our alley.

Excellent show! Sturgill was absolutely amazing, he may have messed up a couple of the words to songs, but that didn’t take away from the show. It was pretty obvious the band was still experimenting with the set up but they pulled if off really well, Chuck (Bass), Miles (Drums), and Bobby (Keys) were all equally great. Margo Price was also an amazing opening act and a great addition to the experience.

Simpson is working with Avengers and Thor writer Jason Aaron to turn Sound & Fury into a graphic novel for Z2 comics, with the publication date set for next September. He has also taken on some acting gigs – playing a zombie in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and a cop in the forthcoming Queen & Slim from director Melina Matsoukas. Here’s hoping his next musical project will be as adventurous and rewarding as Sound & Fury.

Sturgill may indeed lose fans with this move. Hell, I doubt I will be buying the album, but that’s his choice. I support him having the rite to take this chance, especially at a time so few artists with noteable careers are willing to push outside the box.

Sturgill Simpson fans should not be caught completely off guard about him working an anime film into his latest music project. Simpson struck an affinity for Japanese culture while serving in the Navy for three years, stationed part of that time in Japan. Simpson’s first major video for his song Railroad of Sin ” off his 2013 solo debut High Top Mountain featured footage from trains and train stations in Tokyo.

Personally, I am extremely excited. Like a lot of people, I appreciate the blues, psychedelia and hard rock along with country. Sturgill grew up listening to all kinds of music, he knows his way around different styles, and has a unique ability to combine those styles. His next album will probably be country, possibly bluegrass. Let’s just enjoy this one for what it is.

Sound & Fury the animated movie, which has no dialogue, can be thought of as an extended music video. A main story, written by anime fan Simpson, is directed by Jumpei Mizusaki (Batman Ninja) with character design by Takashi Okazaki. It follows a young samurai seeking revenge for the death of her family at the hands of two ruthless villains in a futuristic wasteland – Mad Max: Fury Road meets Cowboy Bebop.

Now, do I think this album is going to be in one of those genres? No, Sturgill has said as much. That being said, Sturgill (fairly or unfairly) is still most commonly associated with Americana and therefore I can understand Trigger posting this news. Especially since anything Sturgill related is going to be of interest to many of the readers of this website.

Seriously, there might not be a more head-turning release from an established musician this year than Sturgill Simpson’s Sound & Fury, the album and soundtrack to the Netflix animated film of the same name that came out last month.

Not only a brilliant studio artist, but also a great performer. Did many recognizable covers along with stuff from all three solo albums, and performing his latest in his entirety. The band was very soulful and resembles a jam band, doing a 15 to 20 minute version of Call to Arms. Many thanks to Sturgill and all he does.

Make no mistake, I wouldn’t type this long of a rant about a bad musician. This is unprecedented for me and I’m already regretting making another effort. However, at one time, Sturgill Simpson was literally my favorite active artist. Sunday Valley and those first two solo efforts were truly a sign he’s capable of something special. That just makes it all the more disappointing that he’s failing miserably at the moment.

Personally, I like all sorts of foods and don’t care if Strugill makes Steaks or seafood as long as its edible. He’s done both effectively with Sunday Valley and his early solo stuff. The problem isn’t the type of food he’s cooking, the problem is it is no longer edible. I see a lot of people who ALL clearly want Strugill Simpson to return to form and make great music again disagreeing with each other about how this is accomplished or whether he even remains capable but, what I have NOT seen anywhere is anyone saying they like his new food” better.

If you listen to Sturgill’s most recent single and his recent appearance at the Opry with a crack bluegrass band, it’s clear he still enjoys playing country and bluegrass when the mood hits. Because he was in a rock trio, Sunday Valley, it should come as no surprise that he also enjoys playing rock and heavy guitar soloing. He doesn’t appear to want to be constricted by genres and with his talent, doesn’t need to be. Robert Ellis, another great guitar player who has bonafide country chops, has been exploring as well. Shooter and Kacey Musgraves have also crossed genres. Maybe this is what ‘outlaw’ means today, playing across genres and avoid typecasting i.e. an artist doing exactly what they want without the constrictions of Nashville.

I’m not sure where this whole This ain’t saving country music!” litmus test for articles sprang from over the last year or so. I’m covering the same shit I always do. This is a country music website. Just because I cover a song, album, or artist, doesn’t mean I’m proclaiming it’s saving country music.” It’s just the name of the website. I’ve also never said, or would ever say that I’m a country music’s savior.” It’s just a name.

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Hmm. Problem is, people DON’T support chefs who cook whatever they want. People support chefs that make good food they like to eat. I suppose chefs have every right to cook only unedible vegan food if they want but, it is an odd choice if you became a prestigious chef for opening a steakhouse. People like steaks and people like McDonald’s notwithstanding its utter lack of any nutritional” value, otherwise mainstream country radio wouldn’t exist 🙂 People do not support chefs who no longer make good food though.

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