As country traditionalist Sturgill Simpson approaches the April 15 release of his anticipated, third studio LP, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, he’s sharing the set’s second single, a striking cover of Nirvana’s 1991 tune “In Bloom.” Simpson simplifies the Seattle rockers’ arrangements — and ditches a heavy dose of their angst — to leave listeners with a fascinating, inviting meditation on the relationship between a musician and his fans.
Simpson announced his upcoming album earlier this month and debuted the lead single on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show. He told host Zane Lowe at the time that his goal for the collection was to try something new, saying, “I already made Metamodern [Sounds in Country Music]. So I didn’t want to make another psychedelic country record. But as soon as I open my mouth, it’s always going to be a country record. You’re always a little nervous because people might expect more of the same or they might not be as willing to take the journey with you, but I think any of the true fans probably wouldn’t expect anything less.”
Earth, which Simpson has also said (via a release) is a letter addressed to his first child who arrived in 2014, is due out April 15 via Atlantic Records. The collection is currently available for pre-order.
All confirmed tour dates are listed below.
May 5—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
May 6—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
May 7—Dallas, TX—The Bomb Factory
May 10—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall
May 11—Oklahoma City, OK—Criterion Theater
May 16—Lexington, KY—Lexington Opera House
May 17—Lexington, KY— Lexington Opera House
May 18—Chattanooga, TN—Tivoli Theater
May 20—Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theater
May 21—Indianapolis, IN—Egyptian Room – Old National Centre
May 22—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace
June 2—Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Theatre
June 3—Chicago, IL—Riviera Theatre
June 4—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
June 5—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue