From furious honky-tonk and pre-outlaw Country-rocking to spellbinding bluegrass pickin’ and emotional balladry, the album serves as a one-stop guide to everything that made real country music such a force to be reckoned with. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery, High Top Mountain’s dozen instant classics evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood.

  1. Which song would you secretly love to cover? Big White Cloud by John Cale
  2. Who is your dream duet partner? Roseanne Barr
  3. What book is on your nightstand? ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ is on the floor by my bed…My wife gave my nightstand away…still bitter about it
  4. What do you sing in the shower? Gangsta Rap & Roy Orbison
  5. What’s your pet peeve? Carelessness
  6. What song do you wish you had written? Whiter Shade of Pale
  7. What mode of transportation do you prefer? Walking
  8. What actor/actress would portray you in a biopic about your life? Sir Michael Caine
  9. If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be? A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  10. When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you? I’ll probably still be alive so most likely they’ll just say it behind my back.
  11. If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be? A railroader
  12. What is your favorite food while on the road? Anything home cooked
  13. Where was your first gig? And how did it go? A family reunion when I was nine…I killed it
  14. What are your greatest short- and long-term challenges? Short term-Finishing this list of questions and deciding what to eat for lunch…Long term-figuring out what to do with my life 
  15. What can you tell us about yourself that we’d never guess about you? I’m plotting your destruction

Check out Sturgill’s video for “Railroad of Sin” below:

  • Elizabeth

    Roseanne Barr!! hahaha! Love your music SS!!