Reto Sterchi via The Chicago Tribune
As a country music star with albums that have made their way into some of the top spots on the charts, the last thing anyone ever expected Sturgill Simpson to do was cover a rock song.
But on Thursday (Mar. 24), Sturgill stunned everyone by releasing his version of a hit song by American rock band Nirvana.
Sturgill chose to cover Nirvana’s 1992 single, “In Bloom,” which peaked at the fifth spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Since the original style of the song is distinctly rock, Sturgill had to put together a complete reimagining of it in order to turn it country.
We’d say he succeeded, because the new version of “In Bloom” is country through and through, so much in fact that it sounds like a completely new song when compared to the original. It has a classic country sound to it with a little bit of jazzy elements added in, and if we didn’t know any better, we’d assume that it had always been a country tune.
This recording showcases the immense talent Sturgill has, as his voice takes on a haunting, yet passionate tone. The perfect accompaniment to his voice is the song’s music video, which features a series of dark images such as looming storm clouds.
We can’t stop listening to Sturgill’s version of “In Bloom,” and once you listen to it for the first time you won’t be able to stop either! Tune in below to check it out.
What do you think of Sturgill’s reinvention of this hit rock song?