The future of Sturgill Simpson

Photo courtesy of wronghighway.com
Photo courtesy of wronghighway.com
Photo courtesy of wronghighway.com

For months, fans of Sturgill Simpson have been waiting for the announcement of new music from the Nashville outsider.

Though nobody had any idea what to expect, Simpson’s team made it clear at a panel discussion during the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; he’s not making the same record as “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.”

It wasn’t until Simpson’s theme from HBO’s new series, “Vinyl,” hit the internet that everyone had an idea what direction he was headed in.

The song, “Sugar Daddy,” is very much in the psychedelic hard rock style, which Simpson has explored before.

“Metamodern Sounds In Country Music,” which was released in 2014, featured an electronic psychedelic rock breakdown at the end of titled “It Ain’t All Flowers.” Even in his performances, Simpson would cover rock songs.

It really should come as no surprise that he would start to move in this direction.

In an interview with Joe Rogan in 2014, Simpson revealed that he only plans to make five albums in his career.

The first two, “High Top Mountain” and the previously mentioned “Metamodern,” have gained Simpson countless followers already.

Last week, the announcement of a new album was finally made.

“A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” will be released April 15.

One song, “Brace For Impact (Live A Little),” was released with the announcement and it will please all Simpson fans, new and old. The song mixes the psychedelic rock side with Simpson’s genuine country sound, making a very interesting and fresh combination.

Although there’s no way to fairly discuss it until the full album is released, this song gives hope that Simpson is staying true to himself and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

For more information, go to www.sturgillsimpson.com