Sturgill Simpson dropped a surprise double bluegrass album on fans, Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions, which is out now digitally on High Top Mountain Records via Thirty Tigers/The Orchard.
Simpson returns to the music he cut his teeth on from his native Kentucky on the new bluegrass project, which he calls “a mixtape for the fans.” Produced by David Ferguson, the first single from the project, “I Don’t Mind,” is an unreleased fan favorite. Dreamed up while he was home recovering from the Coronavirus, Simpson re-imagines songs from his catalogue backed by some of Nashville’s finest acoustic virtuosos on the album, including Tim O’Brien, Sierra Hull, and Stuart Duncan.
“I had it in my mind for a long time that someday I want to cut as many of these songs as possible in this fashion, just organic and stripped down to the raw bones of the composition,” said Simpson. “If you can’t sit down and play a song like that, it’s probably a pretty shitty song.”
A vinyl pre-order of the project is available now for release December 11, 2020.
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