Hank Williams Jr. & Sturgill Simpson

Episode 42

Aaron and Brent look at the music of an outspoken Nashville outsider and a singer who, despite nine number one albums over his 50 year career, was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020.

Not being one to conform to the stereotypical sound of country music, Aaron highlights three songs from Kentucky born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson.

After following in his father’s footsteps by making his own Opry debut at age 11 and continuing on with a career of over 50 albums, Brent spotlights three songs from Hank Williams Jr.

This Week’s Playlist

  1. Dinosaur – Hank Williams Jr. – Habits Old And New (1980)
  2. Turtles All The Way Down – Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (2014)
  3. The Blues Man – Hank Williams, Jr. – Habits Old And New (1980)
  4. Sea Stories – Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (2016)
  5. The Conversation – Hank Williams, Jr & Waylon Jennings – Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound (1979)
  6. Just Let Go – Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (2014)

Show Notes

Other Links

NPR – Tiny Desk Concert – Sturgill Simpson – NPR
Top 10 Hank Williams Jr. Songs – The Boot
100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time – Rolling Stone
Sturgill Simpson Performing “Just Let Go” on Conan – Diffuser

Band Websites

Hank Williams Jr.
Sturgill Simpson

Listen to the Playlist


Videos Mentioned

(01:20) The Beatles: Get Back – A Sneak Peek from Peter Jackson – YouTube
(27:49) Sunday Valley (Sturgill Simpson) – Never Go To Town Again (Live from Pickathon 2011) – YouTube
(37:23) Turtles All the Way Down | Sturgill Simpson – YouTube
(40:12) Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr Performing “The Blues Man” at ACM in 2000 – Youtube
(40:20) “The Blues Man” – George Jones & Dolly Parton – Youtube
(55:28) Sturgill Simpson Returns In “Waffle House” – YouTube
(59:04) “The Conversation” – Hank Williams Jr. & Shooter Jennings – CMT Outlaws – Youtube
(01:00:17) Original recording of “The Conversation” from Muscle Shoals 1979 – Youtube
(01:16:01) Up Close & Personal With John Prine & Sturgill Simpson | GRAMMY Pro – YouTube
(Extra Content) Sturgill Simpson: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
(20:11) Van Halen Appeared In A Hank Williams Music Video? – Taste Of Country
Bands Mentioned
  • Hank Williams Jr.
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • George Jones
  • Dolly Parton
  • Alan Jackson
  • Kid Rock
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Ray Charles
  • Hank Williams Sr.
  • Van Halen

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