See Sturgill Simpson Play Soul Singer in ‘Welcome to Earth’

See Sturgill Simpson Play Soul Singer in ‘Welcome to Earth’


See Sturgill Simpson Play Soul Singer in Welcome to Earth news

Sturgill Simpson – Welcome To Earth (Pollywog) (live at KCRW)

Earlier this month, before A Sailor’s Guide to Earth rowed itself to the top of the country, folk and rock charts during its first week of release, Sturgill Simpson and his seven-piece touring ensemble visited Bob Clearmountain’s L.A. studio to preview the entire album for radio station KCRW.

Above, the band kicks into the album’s lead-off track, “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog),” for one of the song’s very first public performances, with Simpson setting down his acoustic guitar and rebranding himself as an old-school crooner.

A love song for his newborn son, “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” kicks off as an orchestral ballad and finishes up as a peppy soul song. Laur Joamets, whose electric guitar helped give 2014’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music its psychedelic stomp, plays pedal steel this time around, while a three-piece horn section adds blasts of brass to the tune’s second half. Lush and layered, the whole performance is a team effort, relying heavily on the beefed-up band that Simpson has put together for his upcoming tour. Even so, Simpson is still the head sailor of this ship, his voice alternating between a lullabying lilt and a backwoods bark.