Sturgill Simpson

Episode 306: Purgatory - Tyler Childers

Episode 306: Purgatory - Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers is a new voice in a long line of artists being saddled with the title of "saviour of country music." Does his latest LP Purgatory have what it takes or is this just another transmission from a tone-deaf industry that doesn't realize country can never die? Marcus K. Dowling and Eduardo Nunes join Kevin in the basement to discuss.

PLUS! If making your album in public is the hot new thing, why isn't anyone giving Washington, DC's Beauty Pill at least some of the credit? Then, dudes supreme Futurebirds cover an Aimee Mann classic, and we've got a listen.


Farm Aid 2016

Farm Aid 2016

Willie Nelson, along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, founded farm Aid in 1985 when American farmers were in the midst of a mortgage crisis that was forcing many small farmers to leave their land. Through the concert, modeled on the Live Aid event that took place earlier that year, the performers hoped to raise money and awareness to help those farmers along. The event was a huge success, and turned into a tradition that has lasted for over three decades, with a large concert held at a different location each year.


Episode 174: Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Episode 174: Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

The historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC is in trouble. Again. How did we get here and what the hell can anyone do about it?

Sturgill Simpson has followed up his breakout album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, with the ambitious, genre hopping, expectation defying love letter to his son, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Is it another masterpiece or has the country “outlaw” bit off more than he can chew this time out? We aim to find out.

Merle Haggard is gone and that that f%&ing sucks. We listen to some country and shed a tear of the loss of this legendary songwriter.


Sturgill Simpson @ 9:30 Club - 2/13/15

Sturgill Simpson @ 9:30 Club - 2/13/15

Over the past year, Sturgill Simpson has gone from being a relative unknown operating on the fringes of Nashville, to not just one of the year’s biggest success stories thanks to his Meta Modern Sounds In Country Music, but potentially one of music’s biggest artists. (For the sake of discussion, let’s put the ‘country’ label down for the time being.) With multiple gigs on Letterman under his belt, an exponentially growing fan base, and a year-end feather in his cap of signing with Atlantic Records, it would seem that Simpson has arrived. That last point may give those who cling to the “outsider” image that’s been cultivated in the press (and, to a lesser extent, by Simpson himself) pause, until they consider that in 2014 the world came to him, not the other way around.

When we reported on Simpson’s also-sold-out performance at the Birchmere last year, the entire review could have been summed up as “jaw-dropping.” Even though the locale might have changed, not much else has. 


Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

2014 was a huge year for music makers and music lovers alike. Established bands hit their stride, newcomers changed the game and across the board musicians from the biggest to the smallest delivered some of the best music we’ve heard at ChunkyGlasses since we started this damn thing almost five years ago. Before calling it quits for 2014 and taking a break, it’s time for one last list, one last roundup, and a whole lot of thank-you’s.

To all of the amazing artists we talked about, interviewed, or just put in our ears -  thanks  for thinking we were worth your time. That goes double for the ones we didn’t get to.

To the site staff and contributors and sitters in – your insights, opinions and differences in tastes keep this whole thing interesting for me. Hopefully it does the same for our readers and listeners (if not we’ve got an email address for that). Special thanks goes out to Paul for gChat support and Andre for the heady vibes he brought to the podcast.

Biggest thanks though is to our readers and listeners. We’d still do it without you, but the idea that once in a while people listen to and maybe even care what we say – even if it’s only eleven of you – warms our curmudgeonly hearts greatly.

With all that out of the way, I give you 2014 through my ears. 

See you soon. 

Keep your lawn safe.

- Kevin


Episode 96: Best of 2014

Episode 96: Best of 2014

2014 was a huge year for great music, so in like fashion we’ve got a HUGE podcast to finish the year out. Paul, Adam, Quinn, Tori, Brian, Carrie and Seàn join Kevin in the basement to talk about their favorite songs, albums and artists of the year, and what everyone is looking forward to in 2015. PLUS! One last round of “Prince is a dick” to decide once-and-for-all if Prince really is…well…you get the picture.

So strap in loyal listeners as the ChunkyGlasses gang takes on the year that was on Episode 96 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best Of 2014!


Sturgill Simpson @ The Birchmere - 8/19/14

Sturgill Simpson @ The Birchmere - 8/19/14

For all of the acclaim – and rightfully so – that Simpson’s album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music has received this year, so much attention has been paid to drug references and science fiction metaphysics, it’s easy to forget that at the heart of Simpsons songs, both Metamodern and 2013’s High Top Mountain, lies the same themes that have informed country music since its inception. Loss. Regret, bad love and even worse hangovers; it’s all there mixed in with the brighter sides of life.

Last week, Simpson and his stellar band turned the Birchmere into a dusty, boozy honky-tonk with a heart. Whether a knowing wink to the current climate around Country music, or simply something he just felt like knocking out, a near faithful cover of the Willie Nelson classic “Sad Songs and Waltzes” early on in the set made it clear that Simpson thinks, and thinks A LOT, about not just what his music means, but the tradition from whence it sprang.


Episode 56: Sylvan Esso / Sturgill Simpson

Episode 56: Sylvan Esso / Sturgill Simpson

In our latest episode, we try to figure out what Apple’s acquisition of Beats might mean for the future of streaming music, and things get heated when Kevin introduces some good old fashioned yacht rock into the mix. PLUS!! We review the debut record from indie duo SYLVAN ESSO, and FINALLY get to talk about Meta Modern Sounds In Country Music, the stellar sophomore album from what may be Nashville’s last true outlaw standing, STURGILL SIMPSON!