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.
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By Marc Hogan on 12.05.14 in News
The way we listen to music feels more and more scattered, and the Grammy Awards nominee announcements this year are picking up on that pattern. The Recording Academy is unveiling its nominations throughout the day, ra...