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Sturgill Simpson’s Powerful SNL Debut Was One for the Books

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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.

Everything seems to be coming up aces for Sturgill as of late. Following his exceptional SNL stop, Simpson will head to the 2017 Grammy Awards. His stellar 2016 record, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth was nominated for Album of the Year alongside Adele, Beyonce, Drake, and Justin Bieber.
While the nominations mark a major milestones for Sturgill, he may not attend this year’s Grammy Awards. His wife is expecting their second child around the same date as this year’s ceremony.

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Sturgill Simpson’s Powerful SNL Debut Was One for the Books