Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson has rewritten the country music rulebook, even exploring psychedelic rock and soul, as he keeps writing chapters to one of the 21st century’s most-fascinating musical careers.

Since breaking through in 2014 with his Grammy-nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Simpson has established himself as one of the most daring and most acclaimed artists of our time. His music stretches across genres and styles, from the psychedelic soul of 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Grammy nominated for Album of the Year and winner for Best Country Album) to the fuzzed-out rock attack of Sound & Fury in 2019.

Last month, Simpson returned to the music of his native Kentucky (where the governor named him a Kentucky Colonel in 2018) with his first bluegrass project, Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions). The album, which he calls “a mixtape for the fans,” sees him reimagining songs from across his catalogue backed by some of Nashville’s finest acoustic virtuosos.

“All the songs I’ve ever written were written on one guitar, my old Martin D-28, and sung in a fashion that’s probably closer to bluegrass than to anything else,” Simpson explained. “I had it in my mind for a long time that someday I want to cut as many of these songs as possible in this fashion, just organic and stripped down to the raw bones of the composition.”

Listen to his latest album HERE.