LISTEN: Sturgill Simpson Announces “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” Shares New Song “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”

The outlaw returns.

Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music was a sprawling psychedelic take on the outlaw-country tradition, with Simpson’s honeyed baritone serving as a guide through a world of hallucinogens, turtles, and reincarnation. Now, Simpson has announced that album’s followup, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, to be released on April 15 via Atlantic.

The album, which Simpson produced himself, is written as a letter to his young son, who was born in 2014. In addition to his eight originals, it also includes a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” as well as an appearance by Sharon Jones’ backing band, the Dap Kings.

Simpson’s also released the album’s first single, the moody “Brace for Impact (Live a Little),” which channels Drive-By Truckers’ gasoline-fumed angst as much as it does Waylon Jennings’ shit-kicking ways. You can give it a listen, and check out a handful of live dates, below.

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth track list

“Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)”Sturgill_Simpson-2016-A_Sailors_Guide_to_Earth
“Breakers Roar”
“Keep It Between The Lines”
“Sea Stories”
“In Bloom”
“Brace For Impact (Live A Little)”
“All Around You”
“Oh Sarah”
“Call To Arms”

Sturgill Simpson tour dates

May
5—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
6—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
7—Dallas, TX—The Bomb Factory
10—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall
11—Oklahoma City, OK—Criterion Theater
16—Lexington, KY—Lexington Opera House
17—Lexington, KY— Lexington Opera House
18—Chattanooga, TN—Tivoli Theater
20—Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theater
21—Indianapolis, IN—Egyptian Room – Old National Centre
22—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace

June
2—Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Theatre
3—Chicago, IL—Riviera Theatre
4—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
5—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is out April 15 on Atlantic.

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