Sturgill Simpson has announced the coming release of his fifth official studio album, The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, due out on digital platforms and CD on August 20th. A vinyl release is set to follow on December 3rd.

“I just wanted to write a story—not a collection of songs that tell a story, but an actual story, front to back,” Sturgill Simpson said in a press release announcing the new record, which he also called “a simple tale of either redemption or revenge” and a “rollercoaster ride through all the styles of traditional country and bluegrass and mountain music that [he loves], including gospel and a cappella.”

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The announcement press release also notes that The Ballad of Dood & Juanita was written and recorded in less than one week with the same band featured on Cuttin’ Grass, the bluegrass reimagining of Simpson’s recorded catalog released in two volumes in late 2020. Of note, the album features a guest appearance by Willie Nelson on “Juanita”.

The Ballad of Dood & Juanita marks the first new studio album from Simpson since 2019’s acclaimed Sound & Fury, and will hear the artist shift back toward a more traditional country sound following his art-rock detour on the 2019 effort. Check out the full track listing and album art for the new Sturgill Simpson album The Ballad of Dood & Juanita below.

Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood & Juanita – Track Listing

1. “Prologue”
2. “Ol’ Dood” (part I)
3. “One in the Saddle, One on the Ground”
4. “Shamrock”
5. “Played Out”
6. “Sam”
7. “Juanita” (featuring Willie Nelson)
8. “Go in Peace”
9. “Epilogue”
10. “Ol’ Dood” (Part II)

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In addition to the news about The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, Simpson has announced a run of three concerts at Nashville, TN’s famed Ryman Auditorium set to take place on November 18th, 19th, and 20th. Tickets for the three shows go on sale this Friday, July 23rd at 10:00 a.m. ET. Head to the venue website for more info on tickets to the Thursday, 11/18; Friday, 11/19; and Saturday, 11/20 Sturgill Simpson Ryman Auditorium shows.

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For a full list of upcoming Sturgill Simpson tour dates, head here.


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