Review: Sturgill Simpson Releases Incredible ‘The Ballad of Dood and Juanita’ Vinyl

Cover of the official Sturgill Simpson album. Photo courtesy of Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson’s Grammy-nominated concept album “The Ballad of Dood and Juanita” was released on vinyl on Friday, February 25, 2022, and it’s pretty amazing. Digital Journal has the scoop.

“The Ballad of Dood and Juanita” is a Grammy nominee for Best Country Album and is one of Simpson’s two current “Best Album” Grammy nominations.

The other is Cuttin Grass – Vol 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) which is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album. These are two of his three most recent albums which were all released within 10 months; the third being Cuttin’ Grass – Vol 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions).

“The Ballad of Dood and Juanita” opens with “Prologue,” which instantly captivates listeners, and immediately bursts into the “Ol ‘Dood, Pt.” haunting and harmonica-driven. 1” and the moving ballad “One in the Saddle, One on the Ground”.

Also noteworthy is the flared uptempo and bluegrass “Shamrock” and he allows his rich, resonant vocals to shine on the soulful “Played Out”. Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelsen joins Simpson on “Juanita,” where he lends his haunting, timeless vocals.

After the upbeat “Go in Peace,” it ends with “Epilogue” and “Ol’ Dood, Pt. 2,” which is pure bliss. This collection has a vintage Dan Tyminski and Johnny Cash vibe, and it has to be considered a compliment.

“The Ballad of Dood & Juanita” is available on digital service providers by click here. He deserves to win the Grammy Award at the next ceremony this year. Each song in this musical effort has its own identity. It’s a must for all Sturgill Simpson fans, and it gets an A rating. Grab a bottle of wine and let Sturgill Simpson draw you in.

In other Sturgill Simpson news, He recently joined the cast of Gareth Edwards True lovee for New Regency and we will see him next in Martin Scorsese The Moonflower Slayers.

For more on singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson and his new music, check out his official site.

Jack L. Goldstein