A concept album about fatherhood takes Sturgill Simpson from his quintessential country sound to a blended R&B vibe complete with the Dap Kings as backing horns to his album.  While he does belt out some of his more trademark sound, he jumps into new territory with songs like “All Around You” (Track 8) which is particularly R&B’d.  He also does a Sturgillized cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” which is well worth the listen (Track 6).  Fantastic album.

PLAY: 1, 4, 6, 8, ALL | FCC: Clean | RIYL: Drive by Truckers, Lucero

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