Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain - 2013 Country - Sealed LP
Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain
High Top Mountain Records – HTM-001
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
11 Jun 2013
Folk, World, & Country
A1 Life Ain't Fair And The World Is Mean
A2 Railroad Of Sin
A3 Water In A Well
A4 Sitting Here Without You
A5 The Storm
A6 You Can Have The Crown
B7 Time After All
B9 Some Days
B10 Old King Coal
B11 Poor Rambler
Written-By – Ray Cline*, Ralph Stanley
B12 I'd Have To Be Crazy
Written-By – Steve Fromholz*
Marketed By – Thirty Tigers/RED
Distributed By – Thirty Tigers/RED
Phonographic Copyright (p) – High Top Mountain Records
Copyright (c) – High Top Mountain Records
Copyright (c) – Trio Music Company
Copyright (c) – Bughouse
Pressed By – United Record Pressing
Published By – Pan Bowl Music
Published By – Fort Knox Music, Inc.
Published By – Prophecy Publishing
Recorded At – Falling Rock, Nashville
Recorded At – Glaser Sound Studios, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
Mixed At – Sputnik Sound
Mastered At – Nashville Record Productions
Artwork [Cover Art] – Pastor Jim Harris
Backing Vocals – Leroy Powell (tracks: A6)
Bass – Bryan "Freedom Eagle Bear" Allen* (tracks: A4, A6, B9, B11, B12), Robby Turner (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B7, B8, B10)
Design [Package Design] – Kimberly Levitan
Drums – Chris Powell (4)
Engineer [Assistant Engineered By] – Jason Mott
Engineer, Mixed By – Vance Powell
Management – M. Dottore Management
Mastered By – Wes Garland
Organ, Mellotron – Bobby "Diamond Bob" Emmett*
Photography By – Melissa Madison Fuller
Piano – Hargus "Pig" Robbins*
Producer – Dave Cobb
Steel Guitar – Leroy Powell (tracks: A6, B9), Robby Turner
Twelve-String Guitar [12 String Electric Guitar] – Dave Cobb (tracks: B7)
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar [Telecaster] – Sturgill Simpson
Written-By – Sturgill Simpson (tracks: A1 to B10)
© ℗ 2013 High Top Mountain Records.
Tracks listed sequentially on release.
Tracks A1 to A5, B7, B8, and B10 to B12 recorded at Falling Rock - Nashville, TN.
Tracks A6 and B9 recorded at Hillbilly Central - Nashville, TN.
Mixed at Sputnik Sound - Nashville, TN.
Includes immediate download of 12-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
B11 published by Fort Knox Music Inc. (BMI)/© 1983 Trio Music Company (BMI), All Rights Reserved by BUG Music, Inc., a BMG Chrysalis company.
B12 © 1973 Bughouse (ASCAP)/Prophecy Publishing, All Rights Administered by BUG Music, Inc., a BMG Chrysalis company.
All other songs published by Pan Bowl Music (ASCAP).
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 7 94504 78714 6
Barcode (String): 794504787146
Matrix / Runout: L-22391M-A-RE-1 HTM-001 WG/NRP Ⓤ
Matrix / Runout: L-22391M-B HTM-001 NRP Ⓤ
Rights Society: ASCAP
Rights Society: BMI
.Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery. High Top Mountain’s dozen instant classics evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood. Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul, as pure as you are going to find anywhere.
"..The album opens with “Life Aint’ Fair and the World is Mean.” This always a favorite in the live setting, but Simpson no longer plays it live because as he rightly says he’s past this moment now. The song is about his start basically, trying to make it and thanking his family. And of course how life isn’t fair and how mean the world can be as he sets out to make music. I also love the line in this song about how the most outlaw thing he’s ever done was “give a good woman a ring,” sort of a subtle reminder to the outlaw label everyone loves to slap on any indie artist who makes traditional country music. “Railroad of Sin” is an absolute foot-stomper and pure bluegrass at it’s best. There are a few songs I would cite as the standouts on this record and one of them is “Water in a Well.” It’s your classic country heartbreak song, as Simpson explains their love has dried up like water in a well. “Sitting Here Without You” is essentially a companion song to it, as a man realizes his woman has been running around on him and he could have been out looking for someone else. Dave Cobb really nails the production on these two songs and of course is a big part of what makes Simpson sound so great.
Then we get to the fan-favorite, “You Can Have the Crown.” Simpson sings of being King Turd on Shit Mountain and if anyone wants the crown they can have it. The rowdy, steel guitar-laden track really puts you in the place of where Sturgill was just four to five years ago: an independent artist just getting by and praying he can find a record deal to feed his family. Fortunately for him that came, but then he was just making music with no idea what was next. And of course he was also trying to figure what the hell rhymes with bronco. My favorite of High Top Mountain though might be “Hero.” Simpson pays tribute to his father and how much he’s meant to him in his life. You can just feel how much this song means to him. The honesty and genuineness is just so palpable and is really felt by the listener. Another highlight is “Some Days.” It’s amongst some of Sturgill’s most truthful things he has written in his career and really the song that encapsulates how we can all feel on a shitty day"( country perspective)