Sturgill Simpson Releases Surprise Double Bluegrass Album

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.

Pictured (L-R): Mark Howard, Scott Vestal, Sturgill Simpson, Mike Bub, Sierra Hull, Tim O’Brien, Miles Miller, Stuart Duncan. Photo: Semi Song

“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.

Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions Track List:
1.   All Around You
2.   All The Pretty Colors
3.   Breaker’s Roar
4.   I Don’t Mind
5.   I Wonder
6.   Just Let Go
7.   Life Ain’t Fair and The World Is Mean
8.   A Little Light
9.   Life of Sin
10. Long White Line
11. Living The Dream
12. Old King Coal
13. Railroad of Sin
14. Sitting Here Without You
15. Sometimes Wine
16. The Storm
17. Time After All
18. Turtles All The Way Down
19. Voices
20. Water In A Well

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