There’s an undeniable sincerity and feel of experience that comes with a southern accent in music. Lyrics that could sound corny, or overly written, or just plane awkward, can often come off as believable, heartfelt and totally natural when there’s some twang to them. And twang is what you get with Sturgill Simpson. But as High Top Mountain proves, there’s a whole lot more to his music than twang.
From the first plucked guitar notes and drawled lyrics, Sturgill Simpson and Life Ain’t Fare and the World is Mean
make sure you know exactly what you’re in for. This is some old school country, in the outlaw vein of Waylon Jennings
. “You can always find me in smoking bars, standing on a dim lit stage”, doesn’t just sound like a matter of fact, it sounds like a mission statement. (more…)