Ever since local country crooner Sturgill Simpson unleashed his interdimensional video for "Turtles All the Way Down" last month, psychedelic vibes have permeated Nashville's atmosphere. Have you felt those? I think Simpson opened some sort of portal — a portal to a dimension in which a contemporary country musician can write songs about mind expansion and the Cosmic Turtle.
As we've mentioned a time or two, Simpson will release his sophomore LP, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, on May 13 via his own Hightop Mountain Records (pre-order here). We'll have words on that in tomorrow's dead-tree edition of the Scene, plus a very special Simpson-related surprise here on the Cream next week. But if you need a dose of the Sturge to see you through until the vinyl shows up, good news: You can stream the whole album now via NPR's "First Listen," or watch Simpson's performance of the Metamodern cut "Voices" on Later Live With Jools Holland (above).
Now, of course, it's entirely possible that the British Broadcasting Company might have the above video pulled (as we saw with The Black Keys' recent Later ... With Jools Holland performance). But this weekend, he'll appear on both Later ... With Jools and a Ryman-recorded episode of A Prairie Home Companion, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to get a load of the Sturge.