ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH NOMINATED FOR “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” AND “BEST COUNTRY ALBUM” AT THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
Sturgill Simpson performed “Keep It Between The Lines” and “Call To Arms” on the January 14 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with host Felicity Jones.
The appearance on SNL’s debut episode of 2017 culminates a breakthrough year for Simpson following the release of his acclaimed new album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which is nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Best Country Album” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c.
Out now on Atlantic Records (purchase here), A Sailor’s Guide To Earth sold 55,000 units in its first week (with over 52,000 in pure albums sales) debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #1 on the Billboard Current Albums chart, #1 on Billboard Current Digital Albums chart and #3 on the overall Billboard 200 chart. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart with over 9,400 copies sold.
Additionally, the album continues to receive overwhelming critical acclaim with recent “Best of 2016” coverage running at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Pitchfork, Salon, Billboard, The Atlantic, Paste, SPIN, American Songwriter among many others.
Produced by Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was written—beginning to end—as a letter to his first child, who arrived during the summer of 2014.
Recorded primarily at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, “Cowboy” Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Dinklage and LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings.
A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH TRACK LIST
1. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call To Arms