Fresh off of a flaming Bonnaroo set this weekend, Sturgill Simpson will follow his summer festival rounds with a full tour this fall, hitting venues from New York City’s Beacon Theatre to Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre. If his set on the Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, was any indication, expect Simpson to let the more psychedelic corners of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music spin away in their kaleidoscope-twang glory, with plenty of tight musicianship and hints of everything from his love of Tool to Seventies funk in there, too.
It will be a packed autumn for the Grammy nominee: He’s thrice nominated for the Americana Association’s Honors & Awards in the fall (Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “Turtles All The Way Down”), a particularly nice closer to a summer that will see him hitting festivals from the Sir Paul McCartney-headlined, electronica and hip-hop friendly Firefly to New York’s first asphalt-hoedown, FarmBorough. There aren’t many musicians that can play shows led by a Beatle one day and Luke Bryan the next, but that’s what Simpson’s all about: managing to straddle genres and entice rock fans while still singing with an unmistakable (and unbeatable) country croon.
As for new music, Simpson inked a deal with Atlantic Records at the beginning of the year, and though no official details have been released, he’s already working on his next record with Dave Cobb, who produced Metamodern Sounds and is an essential force in his groundbreaking sound.
“I met [Sturgill] through Shooter Jennings,” recalls Cobb, “and Shooter looked at me and said, ‘This is the best country singer in Nashville.’ We went into the studio by ourselves, with nothing, and did that record.”
Here are the newly announced dates of Simpson’s fall tour:
September 12—Maryville, Tennessee, The Shed
September 13—Asheville, North Carolina, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
September 15—Norfolk, Virginia, NorVa Theatre
September 16—Charlottesville, Virginia, Jefferson Theater
September 18—Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Tower Theatre
September 19—New York City, Beacon Theatre
September 23—Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
September 25—Baltimore, Rams Head Live
September 25-26—Boston, Boston Calling Festival