Country singer Sturgill Simpson is back The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he performed his track “Breakers Roar” and reflected on his friendship with John Prine.
The artist was joined by a full bluegrass band for the performance, which was recorded at the legendary Nashville Station Inn music venue.
Watch the performance below:
‘Breakers Roar’ first appeared on Simpson’s 2016 Grammy-winning album ‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’, but was reimagined earlier this year as a bluegrass track on his surprise double album, ‘Cuttin ‘Grass Vol 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions’.
In addition to the show, Simpson sat down with Colbert to talk about his friendship with late country legend John Prine, who partly owned The Butcher Shoppe. Simpson had also used the recording studio for “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” when he met Prine.
“We had finished the record and I was there mixing it one day, and I was cute in the area … and when I turned around, John was sitting in a chair in these plaid pants,” he said.
“I freaked out, you know when you come face to face with your hero. And he said to me, “It was good enough, do you want to go get some meatloaf?”
“And every time I came to town, we went for lunch.”
Simpson also said he was the new owner of Prine’s 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo after his death, saying it “will be something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
Simpson tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. It was during his recovery that the idea of ”Cuttin ‘Grass” came to him.
“I thought for a long time that one day I wanted to cut as many of these songs as possible in this way, simply organic and stripped down to the composition,” he said in a press release. “If you can’t sit down and play a song like that, it’s probably a pretty crappy song.”