Sturgill Simpson Says He Plans to Tour With Tyler Childers in 2020

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Sturgill Simpson performs during the Okeechobee Music Festival on March 4, 2017 in Okeechobee, Fla.

"We don't really rehearse, we just knock the rust off," Simpson explained on Joe Rogan's podcast

If you weren't able to make one of Sturgill Simpson's six club shows following the release of his fourth studio album Sound and Fury, you'll have another chance to see the Nashville-by-way-of-Kentucky outlaw singer next year.

Simpson and several bandmates were on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast yesterday (Sept. 30) and announced he was "doing a full U.S. tour starting in mid-to-late February." Simpson will be touring with Tyler Childers, a Kentucky singer-songwriter currently touring North America and Europe, with a three-night hometown show run planned for the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville Kentucy (Dec. 27, 28 and 31).

Childers' Country Squire tour ends in February with a four-night residency at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (Feb 6-7& Feb 15-16).

Simpson produced Childers' two albums Purgatory (2017) and this year's Country Squire, which earned Childers his first No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart.

"I just stood in the control room and pretended to do stuff," Simpson joked with Rogan about the Country Squire record, which featured longtime Simpson drummer Miles Miller

Simpson is currently playing a mini-tour in support of his new album, performing intimate venues like the Troubadour in West Hollywood and raising money for the Special Forces Foundation, which supports military families. Tonight (Oct. 1) he plays Terrapin Crossroads, owned by the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, followed by the Independent in San Francisco (Oct. 2), before heading east to play the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York (Oct. 6), Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 7) and Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey (Oct. 8).

"We haven't played in a year and we're going back and working up material we recorded two-and-a-half years ago," Simpson told Rogan. "We don't really rehearse, we just knock the rust off. It takes us three or four shows just to know what the fuck is happening."

Simpson released the followup to his Grammy-winning 2016 record Sailor's Guide to the Universe on Friday via Warner Music Group's Elektra Records. Sound & Fury is a companion piece to an anime film of the same name Sturgill developed with Takashi Okazaki and Junpei Mizusaki for Netflix. 

"For Simpson fans who bemoaned the cleanliness and crispness of Sailor’s Guide, Sound & Fury is a welcome return to the psychedelic grit with which he infused Metamodern Sounds," explained Billboard critic and contributor Will Schube in a piece that ran today. "The concept behind S&F may turn some listeners away, and the accomapnying anime film might be confusing to some traditionalists, but Simpson has spent his career defying genre and scene norms. It’s an increasingly rare and crucial function he plays, the disruptor and agitator, who also happens to write Grammy-worthy songs with ease."

Both Simpson and Childers are represented by booking agency Paradigm.


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