Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music received wide acclaim in 2014, ranking among one of the best albums of the year. Now, the alt country songwriter is hoping to follow up on that success with new album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
Due out on April 15th through Atlantic Records, Simpson’s third album to date spans nine tracks, including a cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind classic “In Bloom”. A press release notes that the Simpson-produced LP was “written — beginning to end — as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014.”
In addition to Simpson’s touring band, the new full-length features contributions from bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Dan Dugmore (James Taylor) on steel guitar, and The Dap-Kings, among others. Grammy-winner David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine) sat in as engineer during recording sessions at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe.
Our first look at the Sailor’s Guide comes courtesy of “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”, which continues the space-y psychedelia of Metamodern Sounds. Stream it below.
Check out the album artwork and full tracklist below, followed by the dates for Simpson’s upcoming US tour.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Artwork:
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Tracklist:
01. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
02. Breakers Roar
03. Keep It Between The Lines
04. Sea Stories
05. In Bloom
06. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
07. All Around You
08. Oh Sarah
09. Call To Arms
Sturgill Simpson 2016 Tour Dates:
05/05-06 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
05/07 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
05/10 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/16-17 – Lexington, KY @ Lexington Opera House
05/18 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater
05/20 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theater
05/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
05/22 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
06/02 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
06/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
06/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue