Sturgill Simpson sings “Sugar Daddy,” his theme song for the new HBO series, Vinyl. “Featuring Sturgill on vocals and electric guitar, the song is a scorching hard rocker in the vein of Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath, which fits perfectly with the show’s 1970s setting.” So where do you “categorize” Simpson? Well, here’s something to think about….
“In my opinion, he’s as authentic as it gets,” says Shooter Jennings of Simpson. Jennings, the son of Waylon Jennings, has been a fan of Simpson’s work since his days in the group Sunday Valley and is wowed by the musical similarity to his legendary father — however unintentional it may be. “There are so many people who play guitar like my dad, and so many people that imitate that sound, but nobody actually gets it,” Jennings says. “Sturgill isn’t imitating at all, and he sounds like my favorite era of my dad, the Seventies, when he would sing quieter and more conversational. That’s what struck me about Sturgill from Day One. And still does.”
According to HBO, the new TV drama series is “a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop.” Set in 1970s New York, “the show is seen through the eyes of a record label [American Century] president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.” This new series from The Rolling Stones co-founder Mick Jagger, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter, premiered on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. on HBO…the start of the 10-episode season 1. “It takes place in ’72. So by then, the [Rolling] Stones were already wealthy,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said (via The Hollywood Reporter) at the Television Critics Association press tour last August. “Stones music will be in the series but not with any more frequency than any other music of the period.”