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Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood & Juanita (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood & Juanita (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 27:46 minutes | 595 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © High Top Mountain Records

Inspired by such classic concept albums as Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger, Sturgill Simpson’s The Ballad of Dood & Juanita is the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s third album in twelve months, and his most ambitious project to date. Written and recorded in less than a week, and featuring the same ace musicians who played on last year’s Cuttin’ Grass albums, the record tells a classic American story of a Civil War-era couple torn apart by violence and reunited by love-what Simpson calls “a simple tale of either redemption or revenge.”

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Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:08 minutes | 963 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Elektra (NEK)

Grammy Award winner Sturgill Simpson has announced the release of “Sound & Fury,” his much-anticipated new album and accompanying Netflix anime film. Produced by Simpson, “SOUND & FURY,” the album, was recorded primarily at the McGuire Motor Inn in Waterford, Michigan, with his bandmates Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels, Miles Miller, who all serve as co-producers along with GRAMMY nominee John Hill (Cage The Elephant, Portugal.The Man, Bleachers). The album – which Simpson describes as “a sleazy, steamy rock n roll record” – is a marked departure from 2016’s acclaimed “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth,” which won “Best Country Album” and was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Merging American rock music and Japanese animation in a revolutionary new way, “SOUND & FURY,” the film, was produced and based on a story by Simpson entitled “Sound & Fury.” Featuring some of the biggest names in the genre, the film was written and directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, founder of renowned animation studio Kamikaze Douga and director for the animated film, “Batman Ninja,” while Takashi Okazaki, creator of Japanese manga series “Afro Samurai,” served as the film’s character designer. Additional directors include Koji Morimoto of Phy (“AKIRA”) / Griot Groove, Michael Arias (“Tekkonkinkreet”), Masaru Matsumoto of Grayscale Arts (“Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars”), Henry Thurlow and Arthell Isom of D’ART Shtajio (“Indigo Ignited, XOgenaSYS”). Shunsuke Ochiai is co-executive producer. Hiroaki Takeuchi is production executive (“The Animatrix”).

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Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:53 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © High Top Mountain Records

Since breaking through in 2014 with his Grammy nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music album, Sturgill Simpson has established himself as one of the most daring and most acclaimed artists of our time. His music stretches across genres and styles, from the psychedelic soul of 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Grammy nominated for Album of the Year and winner for Best Country Album) to the fuzzed-out rock attack of Sound & Fury in 2019. Now Simpson returns to the music of his native Kentucky with his first bluegrass project, Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions). The album, which he calls “a mixtape for the fans,” was dreamed up while he was recovering from Coronavirus, and sees him reimagining songs from across his catalogue backed by some of Nashville’s finest acoustic virtuosos. “All the songs I’ve ever written were written on one guitar, my old Martin D-28, and sung in a fashion that’s probably closer to bluegrass than to anything else,” Simpson explains. “I had it in my mind for a long time that someday I want to cut as many of these songs as possible in this fashion, just organic and stripped down to the raw bones of the composition. If you can’t sit down and play a song like that, it’s probably a pretty shitty song.”

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Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:45 minutes | 824 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © High Top Mountain Records

Just a few weeks after the surprise release of the Cuttin’ Grass (Vol. 1): Butcher Shoppe Sessions album which Uproxx called “the most sublime and delightful music he’s yet made on record” Sturgill Simpson returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin’ Grass (Vol. 2): The Cowboy Arms Sessions. The genre-defying singer/songwriter reconvened an A-Team of acoustic players (now dubbed “The Hillbilly Avengers”) for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year. This volume also includes “Jesus Boogie,” originally performed by Simpson’s first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, “Tennessee” and “Hobo Cartoon,” the latter of which was co-written with the incomparable Merle Haggard who once said that Simpson was “about the only thing I’ve heard that was worth listening to in a long time.”

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Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:53 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © High Top Mountain Records

The highly-anticipated bluegrass project from Sturgill Simpson is officially here. Affectionately titled Cuttin’ Grass, the new album was recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, with the help of his drummer Miles Miller, producer David Ferguson, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, bassist Mike Bub, and more.

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