Outlaw country may have finally hit the big time. Sturgill Simpson and his band took their Sailor’s Guide to Earth tunage to 30 Rock for this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
Introduced by host and Rogue One actress Felicity Jones, Sturgill and his band opened up with “Keep it Between the Lines.”
Needless to say, Sturgill and his band packed a punch with horns blaring and guitars rearing throughout their set. While Simpson is country through and through, it was somewhat jarring to see seven horns players behind the Sailors Guide singer. Still, the performance was one for the books, with everyone on stage hitting harder than ever.
After supplying such a heavy opener, you might assume Simpson slowed things down on his second performance. However, Simpson and his band opted to bring on a rock and roll revival with “Call to Arms.” All in all, Simpson’s SNL performance was arguably one of the best in recent memory.