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NPR Music: All Songs +1: Sturgill Simpson Shares His 'Guide To Earth' Interview, Plus Songs That Inspired 'A Sailor's Guide To Earth’

on April 15, 2016 - 5:39pm

Sturgill Simpson's 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, took a lot of people by surprise. While the song forms were firmly rooted in Nashville traditions, the stories he told and observations he made were more like something from a metaphysical self-help guide, with existential meditations on death and dying, religion and the never-ending search for a higher purpose.

For his follow-up, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, Simpson finds even more ways to surprise.