Sturgill Simpson will follow the release of the Sound & Fury album and anime film with a short run of tour dates. Each stop at an intimate venue will help raise funds for a good cause. All of the net proceeds from the shows are being donated to the Special Forces Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides immediate and ongoing support to Army Special Forces soldiers, "Green Berets," and their families.
The Kentucky-born singer-songwriter and guitarist's fourth studio album overall and the first since 2016 Grammy winner A Sailor's Guide to Earth arrives on Fri., Sept. 27. Based on advance release "Sing Along," the album marks Simpson's farthest departure to date from country music (not that he's ever played by Nashville's rules).
An anime film of the same title, with Simpson's new music doubling as its soundtrack, will be released that same day by Netflix. Per a report by the New York Times, the film cost around $1.2 million to make.
Two ways after the new album arrives, Simpson will play relatively small venues between Los Angeles and New York. Whether this is an intentional statement of purpose or not, spots like The Black Cat in Washington, DC are associated with punk rock, not country music or Americana.
The six dates are Simpson's only live appearances scheduled for 2019. In early 2020, he will embark on a nine-stop tour of Europe and the U.K., with around 40 unannounced U.S. dates for next year teased to the New York Times.
Tickets for Simpson's six-date run went on sale today (Sept. 25) at 10 a.m. local time.
Sturgill Simpson Tour Dates
Sept. 29 - West Hollywood, Calif. - The Troubadour
Oct. 01 - San Rafael, Calif. - Terrapin Crossroads
Oct. 02 - San Francisco, Calif. - The Independent
Oct. 06 - Brooklyn, N.Y. - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct. 07 - Washington, D.C. - The Black Cat
Oct. 08 - Asbury Park, N.J. - The Stone Pony