Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Sturgill Simpson brings sound and fury to Detroit's Masonic Temple after spilling the tea about his record label

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 1:28 PM

click to enlarge RETO STERCHI
  • Reto Sterchi

Here at Metro Times we admittedly gloss over most country acts unless it’s, say, Willie, Shania, or literally any combination of the Dixie Chicks. However, thanks to last year’s rock ’n’ roll-steeped Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson is officially an exception to our rock ’n’ rule. (Fun fact: Metro Detroit's own Bobby Emmett and Chuck Bartels are in Sturgill's band, and the record was recorded in the Detroit area.)

If we’re being honest, we lowkey caught some feels from the Kentucky-bred singer-songwriter’s 2016 epic A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which earned him a Grammy for best country album. The 41-year-old artist also recently denounced his record label, Elektra Records. In an interview with Uproxx, Sturgill said “I’m not going to give them anything ever again, so I guess I’m done,” later suggesting that making a record “they can't market” might be the key to getting out of a contract.

“Then you get them to spend a million bucks on an animation film and refuse to promote it, and leave them holding this giant un-recouped debt.”

Simpson, clearly an authority-hating badass, is also an actor and can be seen in the upcoming violence-heavy political satire flick The Hunt, where he plays a character named Kid Rock, who is, from our understanding, not at all inspired by the disgraced metro Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock. However, it’s pretty damn funny if you consider the film is about some liberal elitists who go after MAGA-loving middle America. Sounds like some good fodder for a country tune, if you ask us.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the Masonic Temple; 500 Temple Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2724; Tickets are $49.50+.

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