Sturgill Simpson – Saturday Night Live Guest on January 14, 2017
Kentucky native, Sturgill Simpson, exceeded everyone’s expectations with his explosive performance of “Call to Arms,” complete with Miles Miller’s cymbal falling off towards the end of the song and Sturgill putting a stamp into the performance with throwing his guitar into the ground.
Sturgill Simpson has made a name for himself over the years. His family are originally from Breathitt County, Kentucky, before moving to Versailles, Kentucky. Sturgill has performed throughout Kentucky, as well as the world, having reached across the ocean throughout Europe with successful tours. Most notably, he recently received Grammy Award nominations for Best Album Overall and Best Country Album for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” The album itself was done for his young son, as well as in tribute to when Sturgill spent his years in the Navy.
Miles Miller, another fellow Kentucky native, being from Versailles, has been gaining notice with his explosive drumming alongside Sturgill. Needless to say, both have placed a spotlight onto Kentucky with their unique sound. The Saturday Night Live performance showcased a sound as if you mixed Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley, and Ray Charles. As you could say, when Appalachian soul meets the soul of New Orleans.
Watch the performance of Sturgill Simpson performing “Call to Arms” and “Keep It Between the Lines” on Saturday Night Live below:
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.