It’s not often you see Sturgill Simpson backed by a string section, but the four violinists accompanying him on Conan this week added a certain depth to the already profound “Just Let Go.”
“Woke up today and decided to kill my ego/It ain’t ever done me no good no how/Gonna break through and blast off to the Bardo/In them flowers of light far away from the here and now,” he sings, in a tune that somewhat reflects the musician’s personal philosophies.
“The only thing that has ever brought me any answers or personal fulfillment was just letting go of anger and fear and a lot of insecurities,” he told Rolling Stone Country last year. “And finding someone in the world that recognizes all your faults and looks beyond that and still loves you.”
This was the Kentucky native’s second trip to Conan, as he and his band are logging a lot of time on the west coast this month. Simpson was one of very few country acts who played the huge Coachella music festival last weekend, and he’s the only Coachella artist who’ll go back to the same Indio, California venue for Stagecoach next weekend.
Simpson is now working on the followup to his critically lauded Metamodern Sounds in Country Music album. The next set of tunes will be his first on a major label, as he signed a deal with Atlantic Records earlier this year. Producer Dave Cobb will once again be behind the board.