Sturgill Simpson released his third album, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," last month and you should check it out if you haven't already done so. Simpson is typically considered a country artist, but some of the songs on this album don't fit into that category. If not for the twang and timbre of his voice they'd be flat-out indie R&B. For example, "Call to Arms" is on some straight Blues Brothers shit.
Check out the switch at 2:20 in "Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)":
And "Brace for Impact (Live a Little)" has a little Al Green in it:
Simpson's developing a habit of including startlingly unexpected and good covers in his albums. This time around he did "In Bloom."
I've seen a lullaby version of "In Bloom" before, but this is a lot better.
Simpson will be in Brooklyn, Boston, and DC on October 8, 9, and 11, respectively. Who's up for a show?