On Wednesday night, baseball fans were treated to a World Series Game 7 pitting the Kansas City Royals against the visiting San Francisco Giants. San Francisco starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner came out of the bullpen and pitched the final innings just three days after pitching a complete game to help secure the Giants their third World Series victory in five years in what many are calling a historic pitching performance. Bumgarner was later named the World Series MVP.
After the game, the party raged and the champagne poured inside the San Francisco clubhouse as the team celebrated the victory, and according to multiple witnesses, surging country music artist Sturgill Simpson found his way onto the victory soundtrack.
Though hip-hop was playing when the players were giving each other the boisterous champagne shower as the cameras were rolling, according to Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey of the Murph and Mac sports talk morning show on San Francisco’s KNBR 680 AM, Sturgill Simpson was the preferred choice of one San Francisco pitcher. The radio hosts were in Kansas City covering the World Series and the locker room celebration, and told the story this morning (10-30) on their radio show of how pitcher Jake Peavy hijacked the stereo and started playing Sturgill. Murph and Mac said it was new music to them, but that it made them fast fans.
A relative unknown just a few years ago, Sturgill Simpson’s recent release Metamodern Sounds in Country Music has become both a critical and commercial success, defying the odds for an independent artist who receives virtually no mainstream radio play. Relying mostly on word of mouth, his music which offers a counterbalance to the current trends of mainstream country music has won fans over across the country, and kept his music in the Billboard and iTunes charts well after his latest album’s May 13th release. Sturgill was named the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year in September.
On Tuesday, Sturgill played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He also recently sat down with Joe Rogan for an extended interview, which also stimulated an upsurge in Sturgill interest.