“There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”
Country legend Dwight Yoakam used that Duke Ellington quote to introduce Sturgill Simpson at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.
The singer performed “All Around You” with the Dap Kings, the horns section for the late soul singer Sharon Jones. The band recorded the brass parts on Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which won the award for Best Country Album.
Although the record features a more of an experimental sound than his breakthrough 2014 release Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, it still won widespread acclaim from fans and critics.
Simpson especially stands out in the crowd of country Grammy nominees, which is mostly comprised of Top 40 chart toppers. However, Simpson’s inclusion in the Album of the Year category shows just how big of an impact his music has made on not only country, but across all genres.
Later this year, Simpson will hit the road for an extensive North American tour, which includes stops at Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival and the Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, Ala.
For a complete list of country music’s Grammy winners, click here.