Sturgill Simpson drops 20-song bluegrass album

The musician reimagines his own songs on ‘Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1.’

Sturgill Simpson has released a 20-track bluegrass album, Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions).

Simpson’s debut solo bluegrass album and the first to follow his 2019 country rock record Sound & Fury, Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 collects reimagined songs from Simpson’s discography. They span his solo records High Top Mountain, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, as well as tracks from the heyday of his former band Sunday Valley.

Simpson’s new LP was recorded at the Butcher Shoppe, a now-shuttered studio in Nashville that was owned by the dearly departed John Prine and producer David Ferguson. The latter, who has also served as a mentor to Simpson, produced the album.


Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 “was the last complete album recorded at The Butcher Shoppe,” Simpson revealed in a lengthy, heartfelt post on Instagram. “I cannot imagine a better final chapter to the legacy of what was my favorite studio on Earth. I am grateful beyond words for the time I was given with John and the love and wisdom he gave to me. I will always miss him and his smile.”

Listen to Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) below:

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