Watch Sturgill Simpson Cover Otis Redding in Concert
Originally written by William Bell and inspired by his feelings of homsickness while in New York City, playing with the Phineas Newborn Orchestra, "You Don't Miss Your Water" was a hit with Simpson's crowd. His talented band added twang and swagger, delivering the song in a slow, savory way.
"In the beginning, you really loved me, oh / I was too blind, I could not see, now / But now that you left me / Oh, how I cried out, I keep crying / You don't miss your water 'til your well run dry," Simpson sings.
The singer has received rave reviews from music critics and artists alike. Merle Haggard recently spoke out about modern country music, saying of Simpson, "As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one out there. The rest of them sound like a bunch of [crap] to me. He comes out and does a great show."
Simpson's no stranger to the road. His 2015 Living the Dream Tour includes three sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium, and he added additional dates (more than double his original number) to the tour since demand was so high. He also recently signed with Downtown Music Publishing -- and that follows a major record deal with Atlantic Records.
“I’m very grateful, but at the same time, I’m glad all this happened when I’m 36 instead of 26 because I — I’m just such a homebody, and I just want to write songs and make the best record that I can," Simpson says. "All the press and the accolades and the attention, that’s not really my style, and it’s been a little [bit of] an adjustment."