At Roy Wilkins Auditorium September 25, 2024

 Sturgill Simpson will make his long-awaited return to music this year with an extensive fall tour along with a new album under a new name, Johnny Blue Skies.

After promising to release only five studio albums under his own name, Simpson marks the beginning of a new era with Johnny Blue Skies and the release of Passage Du Desir. Out July 12 on his own independent label, High Top Mountain Records (pre-order), the album includes eight songs produced by Johnny Blue Skies and David Ferguson and recorded at Clement House Recording Studio in Nashville, TN and Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

In addition to headlining sets at Outside Lands and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Simpson and his band—Kevin Black (bass), Robbie Crowell (keys), Laur Joamets (guitar) and Miles Miller (drums)—will return to the road for the “Why Not? Tour” this fall. Simpson’s first full tour in over four years, the extensive 28-date headline run includes stops at L.A.’s The Greek Theatre, Washington State’s The Gorge Amphitheatre, Lexington’s Rupp Arena, Chicago’s Salt Shed (two nights), Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena among many more.

Fans are being asked to register before tickets go on sale to help ensure tickets go directly to true Sturgill Simpson fans. Registration for the presale is open now until Monday, June 10 at 10:59 p.m. CT—sign up at to receive exclusive early access to the artist presale starting next Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. A limited number of tickets will be available for the general on sale on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at, while supplies last.

Fans who purchase tickets on Ticketmaster and can’t attend will have the option to resell their tickets at the original price paid using Face Value Exchange. To protect the Exchange, Simpson has requested that all shows ticketed by Ticketmaster, except those in VA, IL and UT where Face Value Exchange can’t be mandated, use tickets that are mobile only and restricted from transfer. A valid bank account or debit card within the country of this event is required to sell on the Face Value Exchange. More information on Ticketmaster Exchange can be found here.

The new album follows the tenth anniversary reissue of Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, which came out last month. Originally released May 13, 2014, the album marked a career breakthrough for Simpson personally and proved to be a seismic shift-maker within the larger country music genre. The new special edition features a fully reimagined album cover and vinyl package, pressed on 180g Black Vinyl with an “Old-Style” Tip-On Jacket. Ushering in a new chapter within country music and setting the stage for countless other outsider artists to push the genre forward for years to come, the lasting impact of Metamodern continues to be felt today. In a recent piece reflecting on the album’s influence and importance, Marissa Moss writes in Rolling Stone, “10 years since its release, Simpson’s 2014 masterpiece Metamodern Sounds in Country Music continues to redefine what’s possible in Nashville,” and continues, “Metamodern is an album that shows how the best music can come when you’re respectful of the past but fearless about the future.”

Since his debut, Simpson has released five full-length studio albums—2013’s High Top Mountain, 2014’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, 2016’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, 2019’s Sound & Fury and 2021’s The Ballad of Dood and Juanita—along with the 2020 projects, Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Throughout his singular career, Simpson has relentless pushed against expectations, earning widespread acclaim and countless accolades including a Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Country Album and six Grammy nominations across four genres: country, rock, bluegrass and Americana.

In addition to his work as a musician, Simpson has acted in film and television, including roles in The Dead Don’t Die, Queen & Slim, Killers of the Flower Moon and The Righteous Gemstones.



  1. Swamp of Sadness
  2. If The Sun Never Rises Again
  3. Scooter Blues
  4. Jupiter’s Faerie
  5. Who I Am
  6. Right Kind of Dream
  7. Mint Tea
  8. One for the Road


BOLD on sale Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m.

August 9-11 — San Francisco, CA — Outside Lands

September 14 — Los Angeles, CA — The Greek Theatre*

September 15 — Santa Barbara, CA — Santa Barbara Bowl*

September 17 — West Valley City, UT — Maverik Center*

September 19 — Bend, OR — Hayden Homes Amphitheater*

September 20 — George, WA — The Gorge Amphitheatre†

September 22 — Missoula, MT — KettleHouse Amphitheater*

September 24 — Moorhead, MN — Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater*

September 25 — Saint Paul, MN — Roy Wilkins Auditorium*

September 27 — Lexington, KY — Rupp Arena*

September 28 — Detroit, MI — Fox Theatre*

October 1 — Chicago, IL — Salt Shed*

October 2 — Chicago, IL — Salt Shed*

October 4 — Brandon, MS — The Brandon Amphitheater*

October 4-6 — Austin, TX —Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 8 — Oklahoma City, OK — Criterion*

October 9 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP*

October 11-13 — Austin, TX — Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 15 — St. Louis, MO — Fabulous Fox Theatre*

October 18 — Pittsburgh, PA — Petersen Events Center*

October 19 —Forest Hills, NY — Forest Hills Stadium

October 21 — Asheville, NC — Arena*

October 22 — Cary, NC — Koka Booth Amphitheatre*

October 24 — Duluth, GA — Gas South Arena*

October 25 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena*

November 12 — Philadelphia, PA — The Met*

November 15 — Hampton, VA — Hampton Coliseum*

November 18 — Washington, DC — The Anthem*

November 20 — Toronto, ON — Massey Hall*

November 21 — Toronto, ON — Massey Hall*

November 23 — Boston, MA — MGM Music Hall at Fenway*

*“An Evening with Sturgill Simpson”

†with very special guest Lord Huron