Currently in Japan for an appearance at the Fuji Rock Festival in Nigata on July 30th, Sturgill Simpson has been sharing his experiences abroad with a flurry of Instagram posts. The personal photos and videos are a glimpse into how the normally private artist is assimilating into the culture: posing with locals, slurping oysters and even singing karaoke.
Simpson shared a video of his karaoke bar adventure yesterday, a clip of him crooning Roy Orbison’s “Crying” as his new friends cheer him on. “Winning hearts and minds,” he wrote. “I fucking love this place.” (Watch the clip above.)
It’s been a whirlwind tour of Japan for the artist, who released the career highpoint A Sailor’s Guide to Earth in 2016. A devout sneaker head, he’s gone shopping for kicks in Tokyo, hit the colorful Harajuku district and toured the manmade island of Odaiba. Along the way, he’s also made time to poke fun at himself, posting a photo of the lyrics to Sailor’s Guide in Japanese, with the caption “Now I can’t even understand what I’m singing either,” a nod to his sometimes indecipherable onstage delivery.
Simpson is set to perform on Sunday at the Fuji Rock Festival, part of a lineup that includes Lorde, Bjork, Major Lazer and Trombone Shorty. After the Japan engagement, he returns to the U.S. for a string of shows opening for Guns N’ Roses on their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour before heading back overseas for a U.K. run beginning August 12th.