After his Grammy success in 2017, Sturgill Simpson became a little more well known to the general music-loving public, but to the hardcore country music fans, it’s a name that’s been in the mix for about a decade now.
Remember the first time you heard his voice on a song? I do, I remember saying holy shit, this guy sounds like a modern Waylon Jennings. And I wasn’t the only one who felt that way, but Sturgill did not take too kindly to those comparisons.
Sturgill was compared to the man so much that he ended up covering Waylon Jennings’ “Waymore’s Blues” and my God is it amazing. Here’s a young Sturgill covering it at a dive bar in Texas in 2014:
“I get so fucking tired of hearing how much I sound like this guy, I just decided to start playing one of his songs.”
I know Sturgill doesn’t like the comparison, but man can he sing the hell out of some Waylon. Seeing where he is now, and seeing the venues he was playing just six years ago is pretty wild too… he’s come a long way.
From small venue in Georgia, to making history as the first artist to be nominated for best country album and best rock album by the Grammys some years later…