Sturgill Simpson's seventh album, The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, is a concept album loosely based on his family's Civil War-era stories — the singer-songwriter's third album in 12 months and his most ambitious project to date. Simpson described the album as a "rollercoaster ride through all the styles of traditional country and bluegrass and mountain music that I love, including gospel and a cappella." It was written and recorded in less than a week, and features the same ace musicians who played on last year's Cuttin' Grass albums.
Since breaking through in 2014 with his Grammy-nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (VMP Country No. 3), Sturgill Simpson has established himself as one of the most daring and most acclaimed artists of our time. His music stretches across genres and styles, from the psychedelic soul of 2016's A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Grammy-nominated for Album of the Year and winner for Best Country Album) to the fuzzed-out rock attack of Sound & Fury in 2019, which is nominated for Best Rock Album for the 2021 Grammys.In Oct. 2020, Simpson returned to the music of his native Kentucky with his first bluegrass project, Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions. The album, which he calls "a mixtape for the fans," was dreamed up while he was recovering at home after being hospitalized with Coronavirus, and sees him reimagining songs from across his catalogue backed by some of Nashville's finest acoustic virtuosos. He released Cuttin' Grass Vol. 2 – The Cowboy Arms Sessions in December, which features “Hobo Cartoon,” co-written with Merle Haggard (fellow VMP Country Track alumn).Simpson debuted in 2013 with his release High Top Mountain. Since then, he has challenged musical expectations — from recording with Kesha to touring with Guns n' Roses—and branched out into the world of film and television. Simpson also remains committed to philanthropy, supporting such non-profit organizations as the Special Forces Foundation, Equity Alliance, and MusiCares.