It’s always better when an artist retires at the peak of their game, and as every new artist strives to release their best album yet, this often doesn’t happen until late in their career.
Some get lucky and catch lightning in a bottle right off the bat, with their debut becoming a hit, but for other artists it can take years to release something beyond their discography.
Whether it’s the way the album is produced, the topics it covers, or the musical arrangements that feature throughout, sometimes greatness takes time, and refining a sound across many albums to create one that stands out. really about others is more common than many would. believe first.
Coming out with an epic swan song is the perfect way to say goodbye to fans, whether it’s because tragedy strikes or the artists are moving on. It’s hard for fans to come to terms with the end of the road, especially when the final version is the best yet, but as a good reminder, it’s always best to leave fans wanting more.
For all his antics, from the street performances outside the CMAs to the content of every new release, Sturgill Simpson is one of the most exciting, intriguing and gifted performers in music on the contemporary country scene.
Hailing from the hills of Kentucky, his country flavor is a far cry from the twinkling lights of Nashville, opting instead to release a discography of music that forgoes instant tracks, endless features and identical lyrics in favor of much more Appalachian substance.
Each of Sturgill Simpson’s offerings is totally unique from one another, and while offerings like Sound & Fury may stick with the listener for much longer, The Ballad of Dood and Juanita is a delightful album to end 17 years of superb quality. .
Dood and Juanita’s 2021 ballad is wonderful, clearly drawing inspiration from the country music of decades past. It’s far from groundbreaking and won’t be mistaken for a soaring, prog-rock symphony, but the simplicity of its storytelling blends beautifully with the sharp violin, rumbling double bass and raspy vocals.
Simpson stuck to his belief that five studio albums would be all he released as a solo artist, explaining that each has a central role to play in a much larger story.