Sturgill Simpson Reveals First Show in Three Years, Reunites Old Band

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Sturgill Simpson is coming out of pseudo retirement to act as one of the headliners of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, CA, August 9-11. He will also be joined by the most legendary lineup of his backing band, including guitarist Laur Joamets, Kevin Black on bass, and Miles Miller on drums. It will be Sturgill’s first full performance in three years, and even longer since he went on a full tour.

Kevin Black was one of the secondary members of Sturgill’s first band called Sunday Valley before following him along on his solo career through the High Top Mountain era. Black currently tours regularly with Margo Price.

Laur Joamets joined Sturgill during the Metamodern Sounds era, and quickly set the country music world on fire before a falling out with Sturgill after their legendary performance on the Grammy Awards in 2017. Laur has played with numerous other Nashville-based projects since. Miles Miller continues to act as Sturgill’s bandleader, and launched a solo career in 2023 with his debut album Solid Gold produced by Sturgill.

The announcement comes after a morning of wild speculation swirling around the Sturgill Simpson camp. On Monday, April 22nd, a countdown clock appeared on the home page of Sturgill Simpson’s website, counting down to 10 AM on Tuesday. However, the clock wasn’t set for a specific time zone, and it ended up being 10 AM Pacific that the announcement was revealed. Whiskey Riff and others went scrambling when they thought the countdown clock was simply a troll.

Nonetheless, some remain a little disappointed that the Sturgill Simpson announcement wasn’t a more extensive tour, or the announcement of new music. But Sturgill has promised that his solo music career is pretty much done. Also, Outside Lands is very music an indie rock affair. Attendees will get the opportunity to see Sturgill perform alongside acts like Strfkr, Ayybo, Cmat, and Badbadnotgood.

The only country-adjacent acts on the massive bill are Charley Crockett, Paul Cauthen, and Katie Pruitt, probably making it hard for some country fans to pull the trigger on tickets for a show that they won’t know most of the names on. Post Malone is also scheduled to make an appearance as part of a “Special Country Set.” Perhaps it will be cool, but so far, Posty’s “country” foray with Hardy and Morgan Wallen has been a bit deflating.

Similarly, folks should know by now to not get overhyped about Sturgill Simpson news after earlier this month, a simple “Coming Soon” message appeared on the website, followed by the announcement of a 10th Anniversary edition on his landmark album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Nonetheless, the reunification of his old band have some speculating that Sturgill could announce further tour dates soon.

Sturgill stated quite plainly that his last album The Ballad of Dood and Juanita (2021) would be his final original album as a solo artist, fulfilling a five album commitment he made to himself. Simpson has left open the door of perhaps forming a band in the future, and has collaborated with other artists since. He also occasionally produces albums, though that output has been spotty over the last few years.

Meanwhile, Sturgill Simpson continues to dabble in acting, appearing in Martin Scorsese’s latest film Killers of the Flower Moon in 2023, as well as the science fiction film The Creator. He also appeared in the HBO-based series Righteous Gemstones in 2023.

Outside Lands tickets go on sale Wednesday April 24 at 10:00AM PT at www.sfoutsidelands.com

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