Friday, March 4, 2016
– Sturgill Simpson will release his major label debut, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" on April 15 on Atlantic.
The first single, "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)," is premiering today and can be heard at Simpson's web site.
Simpson, 38, will kick off his 2016 tour this spring, including shows in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Tickets go on-sale Friday, March 11.
Produced by Simpson, who has a Waylon Jennings vibe, the disc was a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's "In Bloom."
Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, the Kentucky natived was joined in the studio by engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, "Cowboy" Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap Kings.
"A Sailor's Guide To Earth" is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his break-through, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music," which was produced by Dave Cobb. He also produced Simpson's debut, "High Top Mountain," in 2013.
The track listing is:
1. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call To Arms
Tour dates are:
May 5-6 -Austin, TX-Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
May 7-Dallas, TX-The Bomb Factory
May 10-Houston, TX-White Oak Music Hall
May 11-Oklahoma City, OK-Criterion Theater
May 16-17-Lexington, KY- Lexington Opera House
May 18-Chattanooga, TN-Tivoli Theater
May 20-Knoxville, TN-Tennessee Theater
May 21-Indianapolis, IN-Egyptian Room - Old National Centre
May 22-Louisville, KY-Louisville Palace
June 2-Royal Oak, MI-Royal Oak Theatre
June 3-Chicago, IL-Riviera Theatre
June 4-Milwaukee, WI-Riverside Theater
June 5-Minneapolis, MN-First Avenue
Additional dates to be announced.