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RECAP : Sturgil Simpson (3/29/15 - Cain's Ballroom)

Sunday, April 12, 2015|by Jason Wood
:: Photo by Paradigm Agency

The feel of genuine, no frills Americana made its presence known on March 29th when the Grammy nominated and highly celebrated Sturgill Simpson rolled through Tulsa.  Showcasing a formidable, up and coming band behind him, Simpson commanded the stage and displayed why audiences from Seattle to Oslo want in on the Sturgill Simpson bandwagon.

The show itself wasn’t flashy or over the top, and the guys in the band stayed put, concentrating on their instruments pretty much the entire show. Still….the new, real country faithful on hand on this particular night knew every word, sang along, in some cases, louder than Simpson himself. Alone, that is a true testament to the power of word-of-mouth.  Possessing a boatload of honesty and fearlessness in the music was just the proverbial icing on the cake, as Simpson does seamlessly.

Focusing mainly on cuts from the highly touted “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” Simpson and company tore through rowdy numbers such as “Life Of Sin”, “Long White Lines” and “Living The Dream”. When the lights came down for the cover of the When In Rome hit, “The Promise”, you could hear a pin drop.

It was a fan favorite if ever there was one. “You Can Have The Crown” from the “High Top Mountain” record was also a high point with “Turtles All The Way Down” bringing the set home and leaving the Tulsa crowd satisfied.

Looking austere and determined, Simpson took the front of stage with profound confidence. The audience hung on every lyric from his deep, Waylon-esque voice. Occasionally he would swagger over to his bandmates with approving looks and slight smiles before returning to his post and unfolding his heart and thoughts to the microphone.

Much could and should be said for Simpson’s backing band. Estonian import Laur Joamets is a wonder on the slide guitar and has country picking down to a science. Bassist Kevin Black was a fervent anchor and traded smiles and nods with Simpson all night long. Miles Miller on drums and background vocals seemed to be somewhat of a secret, double weapon…holding down an efficient, necessary beat and providing the harmonies that color all the choruses.

Hot is the ticket to this whirlwind tour that Sturgill Simpson is on right now and it's winding down . . . so if you’re wanting the real deal with some unique moments, this is the show to see.