Coloring Club Plus — 10/2/19

Oct 2

I recently reviewed Jim Jarmusches’ new zombie movie, “The Dead Don’t Die.” What I didn’t mention in it was the title of the movie (or vice versa) is named after a Sturgill Simpson song, which features prominently in the movie. Whenever the radio is on, Sturgill’s song is playing. Upon investigation, I see this is not a cut from a Sturgill album.

Then yesterday, I was listening to a “mixtape” post by by Liam at Panorama of the Mountains. The mixtape included another song by Sturgill, “Sing Along.” When I hear of a musician twice in a week and like what I’m hearing, I need to investigate more.

John Sturgill Simpson (born June 8, 1978) is an American country music singer-songwriter and actor. As of September 2019, he has released four albums as a solo artist. He released two albums independently, High Top Mountain in 2013 and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. His second album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, listed 18th on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2014,” and named among “NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2014.” His third studio album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, was released on Atlantic Records and was Simpson’s first major-label release, later earning him Best Country Album at the 59th Grammy Awards while also being nominated for Album of the Year. Simpson’s fourth album, Sound & Fury, was released on September 27, 2019.

Simpson is often compared to Waylon Jennings and the outlaw country genre of country music. Shooter Jennings says, “Sturgill isn’t imitating at all, and he sounds like my favorite era of my dad, the Seventies, when he would sing quieter and more conversational. That’s what struck me about Sturgill from Day One. And still does.” Simpson himself counts Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Keith Whitley, and Marty Robbins as much bigger influences on his sound than Waylon Jennings. Simpson has also stated he tries to base his career around that of Dwight Yoakam. Indeed, Country Music Television noted that Simpson ha[s] “a voice that recalls Merle Haggard [and] guitar licks that bring Buck Owens to mind.” His overall sound [is] described by Indiewire as “a mesmerizing and sometimes bewildering mix of traditional country sounds, contemporary philosophy, and psychedelic recording-studio wizardry.”



Oh, the dead don’t die
Anymore than you or I
They’re just ghosts inside a dream
Of a life that we don’t own
They walk around sometimes
Never payin’ any mind
To the silly lives we lead
Or the reaping we’ve all sown
There’s a cup of coffee waiting on every corner
Someday we’re gonna wake up and find the corner’s gone
But the dead will still be walking ’round this ol’ world alone
Oh, well after life is over the afterlife goes on
There’ll be old friends walking ’round
In a somewhat-familiar town
That you saw once when you looked up from your phone
Nobody bothers saying “Hi”
And you can save all your goodbyes
Stop trying to pretend that we’re all not alone
And the streets look so empty in the morning
There’ll be no one out at night for the lights to shine down on
But the dead’ll still be walking ’round in this old world alone
Oh, well after life is over the afterlife goes on
Hearts break when loved ones journey on
At the thought that they’re now forever gone
So we tell ourselves they’re all still around us all the time
Gone but not forgotten, just memories left behind
But the dead’ll still be walking ’round in this old world alone
Oh, well after life is over the afterlife goes on
Oh, well after life is over the afterlife goes on
Songwriters: Sturgill Simpson

8 Comments Add yours

  1. I like the sound of that slide guitar or maybe it is a peddle steel.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s good isn’t it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. badfinger20 says:

    Now that man has a deep booming country voice…there is no mistaking him for Mick Jagger.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      There is hope yet for New Old Country.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 says:

        Yes because that really is.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. hanspostcard says:

    Simpson is on my list of current country acts to listen to!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Good! Had you heard of him before?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. hanspostcard says:

        Yes I have heard his first two albums and liked them but its been a few years. Haven’t heard the new album or anything about it.

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