May 2, 2015 – 4:45 am

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Coachella Festival 2015/Prairie Home Companion 2014 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Coachella Festival, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA; April 12, 2015. Live on A Prairie Home Companion, May 10, 2014. Very good audio, extracted from webcasts.

Up-and-coming Sturgill Simpson might be termed “country” or “alternative country” but live, he is bluesy, rockin’ bluegrass country. Just say he is country and more.

Perhaps the most talked-about new act in roots music, Sturgill Simpson, 36, is making waves with an idiosyncratic style that honors the sound of old-fashioned country even as it looks beyond the form for fresh textures and themes. In January 2015, his acclaimed 2014 album “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” beat out higher-profile efforts by Miranda Lambert and Eric Church to win the annual critics poll organized by alt-weekly Nashville Scene. -

Country music is not normally part of the Coachella lineup, but Sturgill Simpson broke all the rules with his bluegrass and country rock Sunday. The crowd embraced the change, with some clapping and dancing through his entire set. Others sipped on beers or tapped their feet. Even when the audio clipped, festival-goers kept the party going. “He rocked it,” said a fan. “I don’t need to see anyone else.” -

While Simpson’s Waylon Jennings-esque voice was well known to alt-country fans, who knew his band was also so good? He and his band threw in a bluegrass number at one point, which found not only his guitarist playing speedy licks, but Simpson himself firing off a few on his acoustic guitar. From these moments, it was easy to understand why Zac Brown – no stranger himself to fast picking – chose Simpson to tour along with him. Both of these men appreciate American roots music – Simpson probably likes the traditional country stuff a little more – and know how to make it palatable to modern ears. It was amusing to watch this Coachella audience while Simpson was performing. At first, many politely clapped or jokingly danced with an insincere hoedown spirit once music started to come from the stage. However, by show’s end, many were clapping and stomping as though Simpson was their favorite artist. He’d won them over, plain and simple. -

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Thanks to indykid for sharing the Coachella show at Dime.

Thanks also to wh33lman for sharing the Prairie Home Companion tracks at the Bay.

Coachella: Live Webcast > FFmpeg > Avidemux 2.6 > mkv (no transcoding)
Prairie Home Companion: From NPR stream online

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Sitting Here Without You 2:39 (4.4MB)
Track 02. Long White Line 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 03. Water in a Well 2:54 (4.9MB)
Track 04. Poor Rambler 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 05. Living The Dream 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 06. Life of Sin 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 07. It Ain’t All Flowers 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 08. Railroad of Sin 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 09. Medicine Springs 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 10. Turtles All the Way Down 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 11. Listening To The Rain 7:10 (12.1MB)
41 mins

Prairie Home Companion, May 10, 2014
Track 12. Long White Line 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 13. Interview 1:08 (1.9MB)
Track 14. Voices 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 15. Turtles All The Way Down Intro 0:55 (1.5MB)
Track 16. Turtles All The Way Down 3:11 (5.3MB)
Track 17. Sitting Here Without You 2:16 (3.8MB)
14 mins

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  2. Truly great stuff! Thanks Big O!
    I love it when someone introduces me to new artists and loved finding out all the new Country guys over the years as a great fan of American folk or Country discovering John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Nanci Grifith et al was a great great pleasure without equal looks like we need to add Sturgill Simpson to the list

    By swappers on May 2, 2015

  3. simpson eh? i like the cut of his jib.

    thanks bigO i missed sturgill when he was in my burg. ‘metamodern sounds’ is a fine lp, hes one of the more promising roots/country singers out there.

    By barth on May 3, 2015

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