Sturgill Simpson Announces ‘The Ballad of Dood and Juanita’, ‘Most Ambitious Project to Date’
Sturgill Simpson will release his third album in 12 months in August. A press release describes The Ballad of Dood and Juanita as the singer's "most ambitious project to date."
Simpson wrote and recorded his new album in less than a week, enlisting the same group of musicians who played on 2020's Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2: Sierra Hull, Mike Bub, Stuart Duncan, Scott Vestal, Tim O'Brien, Mark Howard and Miles Miller. He calls the project a "rollercoaster ride through all the styles of traditional country and bluegrass and mountain music that I love, including gospel and a cappella."
"I just wanted to write a story — not a collection of songs that tell a story, but an actual story, front to back," adds Simpson in a press release, describing Dood and Juanita's story as "a simple tale of either redemption or revenge."
One song, "Juanita," features none other than country legend Willie Nelson — an appropriate special guest, as he knows a thing or two about creating a concept album.
The Ballad of Dood and Juanita is due out digitally and on CD on Aug. 20, with a vinyl release to follow on Dec. 3. It's available to pre-order and pre-save now, and full details are below.
Prior to surprise-releasing his Cuttin' Grass albums — which feature bluegrass covers of songs from Simpson's back catalog — Simpson dropped his Sound & Fury album in 2019. It was his second and final major-label release, as in an early-2020 interview with Uproxx, the singer-songwriter railed against both those in charge at his label and the industry as a whole, and said he was "done" unless the label dropped him.
Sturgill Simpson, The Ballad of Dood and Juanita Tracklist:
2. "Ol’ Dood (Part I)"
3. "One in the Saddle, One on the Ground"
5. "Played Out"
7. "Juanita" (feat. Willie Nelson)
8. "Go in Peace"
10. "Ol’ Dood (Part II)"
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