Chicken Pickin' Sturgill Simpson Long White Line

Published on April 21st, 2015 | by Sam


Sturgill Simpson Long White Line – Intro


Sturgill Simpson made some pretty loud noise last year with (unbelievably great) album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.  This album has some of the coolest sounds I’ve heard on a country album in awhile – including some awesome echo/reverb effects on the vocals and band.  Nothing that will blow you away, but if you listen very carefully you feel like you’re listening to an album made in 1968, but with 2015 themes and playing.  Really great stuff!  This week and next we’re going to take a look at one of the most interesting songs on the album, Long White Line,  which makes it one of the most interesting songs of 2014, which makes it one of the most interesting songs in 2000s… on and on.  Don’t believe me?  Listen to the album!

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Laur Joamets is the unsung guitar hero of this album and plays some great stuff throughout.  I told one person that it was like Jimi Hendrix meets Waylon Jennings… this is one of the tunes that you can hear it.

First though, we’ll start with the intro to the tune.  While this section is not particularly ground breaking, it sheds some light on just how grounded these guys are in the country tradition.  This intro is one you’d hear on a Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash album – well maybe not quite this quick by Luther Perkins, but stylistically sure!

Long White Line Intro

The song is in Gb, and Loar plays some pretty typical scale-type patterns to get up to certain notes.  The beginning features typical chord stabs.  On the third time through the chord he plays a nice line ending on the flat 3rd of the chord bent up.  The final lick is really just a blues scale moving down to the root of the chord.

So why the heck am I tabbing out Long White Line?!?  Well, take a listen to it.  It’s one of those songs where you’re nodding thinking “Man this sounds EXCELLENT!” without analyzing the notes.  Then when you dig in deeper you find that it is REALLY simple stuff.  This is one of my favorite learning moments in all of music… thinking something is complex or just sounds amazing, only to find out it is really very simple.  So check this intro out.

Next week: the solo!

Sturgill Simpson Long White Line

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