2:19 PM 18th December 2020
Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass Volume 1 (High Top Mountain Records)
Sturgill Simpson returns to the music of his native Kentucky with his first bluegrass project which he calls “a mixtape for the fans.”
Dreamed up while he was home recovering from Coronavirus, Simpson re-imagines songs from his catalogue backed by some of Nashville’s finest acoustic virtuosos or as he refers to them “bona fide wizards.” “I had it in my mind for a long time that someday I want to cut as many of these songs as possible in this fashion, just organic and stripped down to the raw bones of the composition. If you can’t sit down and play a song like that, it’s probably a pretty shitty song.
Across 20 tracks which are all in alphabetical order it takes some getting through if you are not a big fan. If you like your bluegrass though you will be in your element.
Stand out tracks are Life Ain't Fair
and The World is Mean
and Railroad Sin
. For the fans though there is no new music here just some of the finest musicians on earth who re-imagine some of Simpson's best works so far.
I rate the album 3 out of 5.