Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury – tiny curations

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  1. 01 – Knuckle Duster (Radio 1-A) – White Zombie
  2. Remember To Breathe
  3. Sing Along
  4. Make Art Not Friends
  5. All Said And Done
  6. Mercury In Retrograde
  7. Knuckle Duster (Radio 2-B) – White Zombie
  8. Last Light Radio 11-57 PM – Shooter Jennings and Hierophant – (Stephen King)

Don’t call Sturgill Simpson an outlaw, like his friend Shooter Jennings, he’s a Gunslinger. He has that great song “Turtles All the Way Down”, all about psilocybin, DMT, and reptile aliens from “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”.

Then he released an great cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom”, from “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”. These are not bro-country moves.

I watched it. Now, I was fresh off of Fantastic Fest, so I was used to seeing some great visuals. Then the night before I had seen Roger Waters new “Us + Them” convert film. If anybody ever wondered what Pink Floyd would look like in 2020, this is it! A bit on the political side, but that is Roger Waters. But more great visuals, of course!

It’s Friday night, I catch Guns ‘N Roses on their Not In This Lifetime Tour, with a reunion lineup for the last several years, the 17th annual Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival held in Zilker Park which is held on two consecutive three-day weekends.

Sympathy for the devil that we speak of… Simpson was chosen as the opening act for several shows during GnR’s “Not in this Lifetime” tour in the summer of 2017.

But I get home and watch “Sound & Fury” and was completely blown away! Not what you would typically expect from a country artist. It is like a Pink Floyd movie, but with a Samurai. This was something extraordinary!

Here is Make Art Not Friends, my favorite song on the album. I read some reviews about the album, many of them are not favorable. Many of them point to the comparisons with ZZ Top’s “Eliminator” album. Sure. But this song here, it’s like The Cars , Ric Ocasek recently deceased. It’s like a marriage of “Just what I Needed” and let the “Good Times Roll”.

And if you do like this, check out Shooter Jenning’s Hierophant “Black Ribbons” album from 2009. A dystopian rock opera concept companion to “Sound & Fury”. It too surfs the radio dial and genre.

This has now quickly and easily become my favorite album of the year.

“The most important country record since Red Headed Stranger.”
– Matt Comer

And just announced today, an arena tour for Sturgill Simpson! He’s coming to the Erwin Center on March 28, 2020. Along with fellow Kentucky singer/songwriter Tyler Childers, whom Sturgill produced his last 2 albums. Tyler is great, too! I caught him this Summer at Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River in Kerrville. He really brings out the rowdy crowd! And I, along with my friends, may have somehow been mistaken for him and his band afterwards at a hotel pool…

Are you sure Hank done it this way? I don’t know, but Hank lead his own way. And so did Waylon and so many others. The ones that we still talk about to this day. And Sturgill he is on his own path, too. And him doing an arena rock show, WOW! I mean seriously, I’ve seen the setlist…

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