Sturgill Simpson's latest album, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music," has been garnering some great early reviews. Not that he's had a lot of time to read them, as he's got other things on his mind.
"Our first child is coming in about a month, and everything else has kind of taken a giant back seat," he admitted to Billboard. "I generally don't pay too much attention to everything, but so far so good, I guess. I anticipated a career suicide with it, but people surprise you. In the age of tailgating and spring breaks, everybody wants to hear songs about that."
Simpson's music – as well as his current album – is far from those themes. "I wanted it to be very raw, and try to incorporate elements that there are still a lot of room – especially in country music for – a lot of elements outside of country that I listened to as a kid that I wanted to inject. We've spent the last year on the road, and we've been testing all these new songs. I just figured it was time to get into the studio and knock it out. We've been playing it live anyway, so we might as well record it. There were also some songs that I wrote while on the road that bookended the record, and I realized we had a theme or a concept. I was just trying to get my sound down on tape."