Have your Claritin handy, Sturgill Simpson has announced the new bluegrass album Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1 — The Butcher Shoppe Sessions. Covering songs from his solo career and his old band Sunday Valley, the recordwill be available at midnight the morning of Friday, October 16th.
Simpson had originally intended Cuttin’ Grass to come as a surprise, before an over-eager media outlet let the cat out of the bag. According to The Boot, the culprit seems to be the German website HighResAudio.com. But no great harm was done, as the Kentucky songwriter acknowledged in an Instagram post.
“Welp… was hoping to surprise everybody on Thursday but somebody somewhere (Germany) got all excited and just couldn’t hold their horses,” he wrote.
Cuttin’ Grass features bluegrass versions of tracks from all of Simpson’s solo albums except last year’s Sound & Fury, which was one of our favorite albums of 2019. But his alt-country classics A Sailor’s Guide to Earth and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music are represented, as is his under-appreciated 2011 solo debut High Top Mountain. Additionally, a few hard-to-find cuts from his Sunday Valley days will get the lawnmower treatment, including “I Don’t Mind”, “All the Pretty Colors” and “Sometimes Wine”.
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Cuttin’ Grass was produced by David “Ferg” Ferguson, and features the playing of Mark Howard, Scott Vestal, Mike Bub, Sierra Hull, Tim O’Brien, Miles Miller, and Stuart Duncan. Vinyls will be available in Johne Deere’s iconic green and gold colors, though pre-orders aren’t currently available because, again, it was supposed to be a surprise. Find the artwork and full tracklist below.
It’s good to see Simpson recovered from earlier this year, when he tested positive for COVID-19. On the music front, he produced Margo Price’s stellar June album That’s How Rumors Get Started.
Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1 — The Butcher Shoppe Sessions Artwork:
Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1 — The Butcher Shoppe Sessions Tracklist:
01. All Around You
02. All the Pretty Colors
03. Breakers Roar
04. I Don’t Mind
05. I Wonder
06. Just Let Go
07. Life Ain’t Fair
08. A Little Light
09. 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
20. Water in a Well