Much like Steve Earle did in 1986 with the release of Guitar Town, artists like Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton and Margo Price are tearing up the country music road and paving a new one.
They’re giving the finger to the Florida Georgia Line crap that passes for C&W these days and dialing it back to the days when songcraft mattered and lyrics weren’t a joke.
Sturgill was born in 1978 when the country charts listed names like Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson. He’s also a brave man, pulling out a Nirvana song for the first single of his incredible new record – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, but it works.
“I remember in seventh or eighth grade when that album dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man,” explains Simpson. “I wanted to make a very beautiful and pure homage to Kurt.”
Here are three knockout tracks from A Sailor’s Guide…, including In Bloom.