Sturgill Simpson Performs 'Long White Line' on 'Letterman'
. (Radio.com) If you've read music magazines or blogs at all in the past year, odds are you've seen Sturgill Simpson's name, and probably a rave review for his second album, 2014's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. We felt the same way, and we named him one of our big five "winners" in music for the year.
David Letterman obviously likes what Simpson is doing, too. He had the country artist back on The Late Show last Thursday night (Feb. 11), where he performed "Long White Line."
Traditional country music fans were immediately drawn to his record, with his voice being compared to Waylon Jennings. But his lyrics were pretty, well, 'metamodern'-in other words, different than most other songs in country, or any other genre, for that matter.
When we profiled Simpson for our New Music To Know series, he told us he wasn't quite sure he lived up to the hype of the critical acclaim he was getting. "A lot of people have said it's progressive and groundbreaking-I didn't think it was that progressive," he said of the beloved opening track, "Turtles All The Way Down."
"I mention a few hallucinogenic substances, but outside of that I don't think it's all that cutting edge. I was shocked that a lot of journalists put that spin on it." Although he did acquiesce this point: "I doubt anybody's ever talked about DMT in a country song." Watch the performance here.
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