Grammy-nominated artist Sturgill Simpson appeared on the Daily Show last night to perform a couple tracks on his superb new album, Sailor’s Guide to Earth. He opened with his transformative cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” and closed with the album’s fiery closing song, “Call to Arms.”
Before he played, host Trevor Noah asked him if it was intentional that everything he owned looked really old. “Yeah, actually it’s intentional,” Simpson said. “The older stuff just sounds better.”
Part of Simpson’s genius is how he has evolved the best of older country music — and now soul music — with incredible skill and talent. You can hear that evolution in this performance.
Sailor’s Guide to Earth is currently the No. 1 album on iTunes. If you haven’t heard it yet, do yourself a favor and listen to the whole thing today — it’s a masterpiece. Simpson wrote the concept album as a letter to his newborn son. Each song offers a perspective on how to approach a particular stage of life or view the bizarre experience of life on Earth.
Simpson kicks off his tour to support the album at the Moody Theatre in Austin on May 5. He’ll be on tour through the summer in support of the album. Find dates here.