RIYL: Good storytelling, My Morning Jacket, Drive By Truckers

Label: Atlantic

Sturgill’s last album was one of my favorites in recent time, but I was a bit taken aback by his track released for the HBO show Vinyl.  It is a major departure from the rootsy country sounds of “Metamodern Sounds” and not one I had mixed feelings about.  However with today’s announcement of the release of “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth,” the first single, “Brace For Impact (Live A Little),” finds a happy medium between the trad-country of his previous releases and the Molly Hatchet meets Zeppelin of the Vinyl theme song.

From Sturgill Simpson’s Press Release:

I really questioned whether I wanted to spend however many more years on this bus, not being there and seeing all that was happening. That’s where this record came from, just processing all that guilt and homesickness. I had to figure out a way to put that into music, so I decided to write the whole record from the perspective of a sailor going to sea and not knowing if he’s ever coming home.

I remembered an old letter that I read, written by my Grandfather Ora to my grandmother when he was in the Army. He was in the South Pacific during World War II, and he thought he was going to die. So he wrote a goodbye letter to her and their newborn son. He finally made it home five years later.

The Details

Arriving April 15th, preorder your copy of Sturgill Simpson’s new album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth on special edition vinyl! Order now and get access to tracks as they become available, including “Brace for Impact (Live A Little)”!

Featured in this bundle is the online exclusive A Sailor’s Guide to Earth pressed on 180-gram blue vinyl with special packaging including a foldout poster and bonus CD copy of the album. This exclusive vinyl is limited to 10,000 copies worldwide. For a limited time, preorder the vinyl and get a free slipmat with purchase, while supplies last!


1. Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call To Arms

*Instant MP3 downloads can be found in your order confirmation email as soon as your order is placed. Vinyl will ship one week before street date to arrive by April 15th. Delivery of LP is based on your location and local mail.

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Price $21.99

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