When Sturgill Simpson played Austin in 2013 he performed at the Rattle Inn, a small club, to a handful of people. When he returned in April of 2015, he played two sold-out shows at Stubb’s and taped a set for the legendary music program Austin City Limits. Not bad.
For his ACL taping, Simpson tore through songs from his acclaimed sophomore album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and debut record, High Top Mountain. One of the highlights of the show was this cover of the slow-burner “I’d Have to Be Crazy.” Originally written by the late Texas artist Steve Fromholz, Willie Nelson’s recording helped it find a place in the American songbook.
“I’d Have to Be Crazy” is a delicate composition that requires a tender and powerful punch. Simpson executed it masterfully on High Top Mountain and took it to another level at the ACL taping. Watch the clip below, and you’ll see what I mean.
On May 5, Simpson returns to Austin’s Moody Theater to kick off a tour in support of his new album, Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which is currently the No. 1 country album in America.