Sturgill Simpson Surges On Charts After Vinyl Release

It’s not often you see an album dart dramatically up in the charts some five months after it’s been released, but such is the case for the second installment of Sturgill Simpson’s foray into bluegrass, Cuttin Grass Vol. 2 – The Cowboy Arms Sessions. Originally released on December 11th, 2020, the album wasn’t initially available on vinyl due to the global shortage and production backlog that’s only been compounded by the pandemic.

Last week, vinyl copies finally went out for Cuttin Grass Vol. 2, causing a dramatic spike in sales, and putting the title at #5 in the country charts this week. Vinyl copies accounted for 17,553 copies being moved, which is a big number in today’s streaming environment. Songs from the album were also streamed some 664,000 times, adding to the title’s equivalent total of 18,064.

Cuttin’ Grass Vol. #2 also debuted at #5 on the country charts when it was first released, and at #30 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Cuttin Grass Vol. #1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions debuted at #2 in country after being released in October of 2020, and at #24 on the Billboard 200. All these numbers were without the assistance of vinyl copies, or pre-orders since both records were surprise releases.

Last week it was Carrie Underwood surprising everyone with the strong sales for her Gospel record My Savior, which racked up an incredible 72,644 total in album sales and streaming equivalents, with a total of 67,924 physical copies. The title falls to #2 this week, behind Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, which claims the #1 spot in country once again, while Luke Combs records come in at #3 and #4.

Sturgill Simpson has said he’s planning to tour with the bluegrass as soon as it is safe to do so. He’s also received a couple of boosts in recognition lately, one when Post Malone covered his song “You Can Have The Crown” on a Matthew McConaughey fundraiser event for Texas, and also being announced as part of the cast of a upcoming Martin Scorsese film called Killers of the Flower Moon.

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