For those of you who couldn’t bear the thought of waiting another year+ for new music from country music rising star Sturgill Simpson, the music fairy has just left you a sweet little nugget under your country music pillow.
Sturgill has just released two new songs through Bandcamp, affectionately paired together and entitled Bastard Children. The pair includes the previously-unheard “Four Flame Candle,” and “Hey Now.” Hardcore Sturgill fans will remember “Hey Now” from when he initially released it a few days before his debut, breakout album High Top Mountain was released on June 11th, but the track didn’t make it onto the proper album. “Four Flame Candle” also didn’t make the album’s final cut. ” It was one of the first songs I ever wrote. At the time I didn’t think it fit with the album, but now I wish it was on there,” Sturgill told Saving Country Music on the phone from a hotel in Atlanta, waiting for his show tonight at the Eddie’s Attic.
The two songs come from the same High Top Mountain sessions that were recorded at Hillbilly Central in Nashville and were produced by Dave Cobb. “Hey Now” was recorded as a three piece, with Sturgill on guitar, Brian “Freedom Eagle Bear” Allen on bass, and Chris Powell on drums. “Four Flame Candle” features Robby Turner on steel guitar, Country Music Hall of Famer Hargus “Pig” Robbins on Piano, Bobby Emmett on Hammond organ, Kevin Black on bass, and Chris Powell on drums.
Listen below, and make sure to visit Sturgill’s Bandcamp page to pony up for the tracks.
BONUS: New video of Sturgill Simpson with new guitar player, playing “Railroad of Sin”: