Watch Sturgill Simpson Play His “Listening To The Rain” And Cover T. Rex On Austin City Limits (Stereogum Premiere)
The 41st season of the PBS live-music show Austin City Limits kicked off this month, and the latest artist to be featured is country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. He played a mix of material from his 2013 debut and last year’s breakthrough Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, and he closed out his set with a rendition of the Osborne Brothers’ bluegrass standard “Listening To The Rain” that seamlessly transitioned into a high-octane cover of T. Rex’s “The Motivator.” The full episode airs on Saturday, but you can (and should) watch his take on “Listening To The Rain,” “The Motivator,” “Some Days,” “Time After All,” “I’d Have To Be Crazy,” and “Life Of Sin” below now.
Simpson’s episode of Austin City Limits airs this Saturday, 10/17, at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central on PBS. It also features Western swing veterans Asleep At The Wheel returning for their 11th appearance, joined by the Avett Brothers and Amos Lee in a tribute to Bob Wills.