I’m not a country guy by any means. I’ve dabbled in some bluegrass in the past and that’s fine and all. And I know people that have tried to turn me on to good country. I just have never taken to the aesthetic of it. I recognize that there’s some great country out there beyond the pop country saccharine shit that’s pumped out of mainstream country music stations these days.
But… now there’s Sturgill Simpson. I was listening to this episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, and I was drawn in my Sturgill’s mellow and humble demeanor. He was incredibly well spoken and very opinionated about the current state of country music, and the music industry overall. Give that ‘cast a good listen, it’s well worth it.
Then I checked out his music and, though I can’t say I was immediately into it, I listened to both of his albums a few times over the course of a week or so. I found that I kept gravitating back to those albums. I think, what I eventually came to respect and enjoy was the quality of song writing and the band’s musicianship. High Top Mountain shreds. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is a meditative look into Sturgill’s life and past experiences with psychedelics and relationships.
Better than saying I’m not a racist because I know a black guy, I can now say that I’m a fan of country music because I jumped on the Sturgill Simpson train.