Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

You know that friend who tells those great stories that you love to listen to even though you’re not quite sure what he is talking about all the time?

I don’t know anything about boats, but I enjoy hearing the stories in the songs on this album.

Sturgill Simpson is a leader in the modern traditional country music scene, but this album is a bit of a departure from that sound.  Strings, synthesizers, funky horns, and a little Memphis soul all accompany pedal steel guitars and Sturgill’s Waylon-esque voice.  Don’t worry, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is still a country album (and a great one at that) but, it has a lot more flair than his previous records.

The cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom is haunting and respectful to the spirit of the original; All Around You has a Motown feel to it, but Keep It Between The Lines is my favorite track.


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