Country music changed forever when Sturgill Simpson released his second studio album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. Although the project helped catapult Simpson into stardom, it simply marked a new chapter in an already long and eventful career.
In 2013, Simpson was still touring in support of his first self-released album, High Top Mountain. Also produced by Dave Cobb, the release garnered acclaim from critics across many genres. During this time, Simpson performed a mixture of songs from his latest release, as well as covers of classic country, bluegrass and rock songs while performing out on the road.
Even after releasing two solid albums worth of material, Simpson still reserves a chunk of his set lists for cover songs. One of the Kentucky-native’s most celebrated renditions is his cover of the Stanley Brothers’ “Medicine Springs”.
In true Sturgill style, he brings a new level of intensity and emotion to the classic tune, which tells the story of a man who does wrong to win the heart of a fair maiden. With only an acoustic guitar and his unreal voice, Simpson transforms a plucky bluegrass ballad into something truly magical.
The cover has been a staple of Simpson’s setlist for years now, but has never been officially released. We’ll have to cross our fingers and hope that it will be one of the songs featured on his already-completed upcoming album. Until then, click below to watch Sturgill Simpson’s incredible acoustic rendition of “Medicine Springs”.