Sturgill Simpson Touts Honky-Tonk “Life of Sin” on ‘Letterman’

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.15.14 in News

Sturgill Simpson, as a country singer drawing on the classic outlaw tradition of performers like Waylon Jennings, tends to have his name brought up as a palate-cleansing alternative to the recent wave of “bro country” embodied by Luke Bryan. But on this year’s audacious, cosmic-cowboy Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Simpson’s similarities to recent Nashville anti-heroes like Jamey Johnson are hardly greater than his likeness to post-hippie rogues like Father John Misty or Gruff Rhys. Last night on Late Show With David Letterman, the Salt Lake City-transplanted singer/songwriter leaned more on his white-lightning, old-school side, booming through the album’s rollicking misbehavior ode “Life of Sin” backed by some nimble guitar licks. “Get yourself one of them 46-ounce things of Mountain Dew and rent a car and just start driving,” pronounced Letterman. “Get that on, just start driving. Every now and then stop someplace and start a fight. Get back in the car, keep driving. Fantastic, ladies and gentleman.” Before you get on the road, though, watch the clip below; listen to Metamodern Sounds via Bandcamp.