photos by James Richards IV

Simpson’s bedrock is country, and his deep-as-a-well voice has Jennings' instant unvarnished authority. The singer’s a late bloomer — he spent time in the Navy and worked in shipyards, and he brought those experiences to his plainspoken songwriting. His opener, “Sitting Here Without You,” was taken direct from Jennings’ book of honky-tonk, brooding and ornery, with a brisk take that didn’t allow for self-pity. One sensed instantly that Simpson’s narrator was already stepping out the door into the night after deciding that he’d had just enough of his two-timing ex-lover. - [Chicago Tribune

Sturgill Simpson played a sold-out show at Riviera on Friday (6/3), as part of his current tour supporting new album A Sailor's Guide to Earth. He played the entire new LP after an opening set of other songs from his catalog. After releasing three albums and having popular covers such as Nirvana's "In Bloom", Simpson's fanbase spans much further than classic country music fans. He combines country, soul, blues and funk all into one package andm according to the Chicago Tribune's review of the show (quoted above) the final line Simpson sung was "Don’t dictate to me, don’t box me in. 'That bull----‘s got to go.'"

Pictures from the show are in the gallery above and the Riviera setlist is below.

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SETLIST: Sturgill Simpson @ Riviera 6/3/2016:
Sitting Here Without You
Water in a Well
Long White Line
When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover)
Living the Dream
Life of Sin
I'd Have to Be Crazy (Willie Nelson cover)
Life of Sin
Never Go Around Mirrors (Lefty Frizzell cover)
Some Days
Time After All
Voices
Living the Dream
A Little Light
The Promise (When in Rome cover)
Turtles All the Way Down
It Ain't All Flowers
You Don't Miss Your Water (William Bell cover)
Welcome to Earth
Breakers Roar
Keep it Between the Lines
Sea Stories
In Bloom (Nirvana cover)
Brace for Impact (Live a Little)
All Around You
Oh Sarah
Call to Arms