I knew this would be a thrill but I didn't expect the new Sturgill Simpson record to have bagpipes, a Nirvana cover and the Dap-Kings! Sturgill has announced that his new album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, will be out on April 15, and he's released a single called "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)." It's a guitar-sliding rock dirge that wavers between Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones in its winding instrumental break. Its message encourages us to give a little in this life, a life we don't have for long.

A Sailor's Guide To Earth is an ode to Sturgill Simpson's young son, born almost simultaneous with the release of his great second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, in the spring of 2014. In a shift from the psychedelic sounds of Metamodern, the new album is filled with rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Sturgill's thoughtful country music punctuated by a soulful chorus of horns courtesy of the fabulous Dap-Kings from New York City. There are eight new songs, including "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)," plus a cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom." Hearing this live is going to be mind-bending — Sturgill Simpson will kick off his tour at the top of May in Austin, Texas.

A Sailor's Guide To Earth track listing:

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