If you’ve ever wondered what a Nirvana song would sound like done in a country style, here’s your answer! Rising star Sturgill Simpson has shared his take of Nirvana’s 1991 Nevermind hit song “In Bloom.” Watch the Matt Mahurin-directed video above, via Sturgill’s YouTube. You can also listen to Sturgill speaking with Zane Lowe about the song with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and how he ended up adding the lyrics “… to love someone” in the chorus.
The musician spoke to Rolling Stone Country about why he chose to include the song on his upcoming LP, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth:
I wanted a song on the album to capture that awkward stage in every young boy’s life where they are searching for their place in the world… One night while discussing the album with my wife, she asked, “Well, what were you listening to when you were 13?” I remember in seventh or eighth grade, when [Nevermind] dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man.
Sturgill’s version is a fantastic one, and mostly unrecognizable from the original. He slows the song’s rhythm down, and the inclusion of slide guitar brings a polished Nashville sound while soulful horns build to a climax toward the end. His vocals vary from gentle to soaring, showcasing his singing range over the course of the 4-minute track.
Earlier this month, Simpson shared a music video for the more rock-oriented “Brace For Impact (Live A Little).”
Both tracks are from A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which will be released on April 15, 2016. Pick it up on Amazon.
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