Right now, Billboard is reporting that Sturgill Simpson’s deeply affecting, category-defying new album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is currently fighting it out with Rihanna’s ANTI for the #1 spot on next week’s album chart. That’s fucking amazing, especially when you consider that Simpson was a Bandcamp guy a couple of years ago. So it’s been gratifying to watch him on his current media tour, especially when it means we get to hear him sing on TV.
Last night, one night after Simpson’s memorable Colbert appearance, Simpson was on Trevor Noah’s version of The Daily Show. On the show proper, he sang his sweeping countrypolitan cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” And as an online exclusive, he also did a quick and vaguely uncomfortable interview with Noah (Noah: “I like your style, man”) before launching into the big rave-up “Call To Arms.” Watch In Bloom” below and check out “Call To Arms” here.
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is out now on Atlantic.