Sturgill Simpson’s “Turtles All The Way Down” is one of the wildest songs in country music history. The fact that he was able to play the song at country music’s most sacred institution, The Grand Ole Opry, is a testament to his talent. It also shows that the typically conservative country establishment is open-minded enough to appreciate that talent. Watch above, on the Opry’s official YouTube channel.
The performance is flawless. Simpson’s guitar and vocal ability draw from classic country, even as his lyrics discuss “reptile aliens made of light” and psychoactive drugs. The band behind Simpson lays down a steady groove with subtle touches that push the song to greatness. The tone and harmonics of the playing are beautiful, which can be a tough task given the nerves that can come with playing a venue of that magnitude.
“Turtles All The Way Down” comes from Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Stream it and read our review right here on Zumic. It’s also available on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3).
Source: Grand Ole Opry YouTube