Episode Number: 1087
Episode Guest: Sturgill Simpson
Original Airdate: March 5, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Dollar Shave Club, Square Cash
Guest Bio: Sturgill Simpson is a Grammy Award-winning country music and roots rock singer-songwriter.
Topics Discussed: Traffic in California; what if there was gum that provided the sense of peace and quiet; cars in California; guitar talk; strumming with fingernails; Dimitri Diachenko playing guitar video; discipline and playing an instrument; going on the road with friends; Joe talks about touring; travelling is exhausting; forcing yourself to go to the gym on the road; more talk about touring; living on a bus while on the road; Willie Nelson busted for drug possession; is marijuana to blame for pedestrian deaths; marijuana and Kentucky; Joe talks again about buying hemp from Canada for Onnit; Kentucky Hemp Museum; first legal 500-acre hemp farm in Kentucky; Henry Ford hitting a hemp car with a hammer in 1941 video; Joe talks again about why and how William Randolph Hearst made marijuana illegal; Citizen Kane movie; Joe rants about how amazing hemp/marijuana is; it’s crazy marijuana is still illegal; no one dies from marijuana; people using their phones while driving; the world is weird today; Putin bragging about Russia’s nuclear weapons; Joe rants again about how having one person as president running the country is antiquated; Trump steel tariff; gambling talk; Joe was the victim of a “pump and dump” scheme; Bitcoin talk; are our phones constantly listening to us and advertising products based on our conversations; remotely hijacking modern cars; the death of Michael Hastings; Joe says all journalists are taking Adderall; how a generation of beat writers burnt out on speed; pool players taking speed; Hunter S. Thompson’s daily routine; more Hunter S. Thompson talk; Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 book; Gonzo documentary; Hunter and Johnny Depp; “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” article; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book; what made the sound of music change from the ’50s to the ’60s; Canadian drug charges of Jimi Hendrix; people think Sturgill is high when he isn’t; prolific potheads; maids and topless maids; Vikings TV show; binge watching; Stranger Things Netflix show; The Outsider Netflix movie; Jared Leto is pretty; cultural appropriation in movies; (1:00:00) old movies and cultural appropriation; 48 Hrs. movie; is our culture evolving; is technology preparing us for merging with it; lightsabers; directors ripping off other movies; computer special effects are worse than practical special effects; Harry and the Hendersons movie; Alien movie; Halloween movie; cave drawings and ancient artwork; grabbing dicks while wrestling; Sturgill talks about seeing Polaroids of Bigfoot; Gigantopithecus; Joe talks about meeting someone who believed she saw a Sasquatch, but he thinks it was probably a bear; Atlas stones; Scotland looks like another planet to Sturgill; he talks about visiting Scotland for the first time and how it’s similar to Kentucky; visiting Europe gives Sturgill perspective; oldest building in Glasgow; St. Pancras Old Church; Echo Bridge; Van Halen talk; Joe talks about seeing Kiss when he was 10; Ace Frehley; there’s no mystery in rock anymore; Robert Plant’s tight jeans; Led Zeppelin talk; Ray Lamontagne “Jolene” song; Justin Bieber talk; raising a famous kid; Sturgill wouldn’t want a career like or the success of Bieber; Beastie Boys talk; David Bowie talk; Rod Stewart talk; Sturgill talks about releasing his first record; his Metamodern Sounds in Country Music album; talk about writing his album; he says he doesn’t want to be in the music business, he wants to be in the Sturgill business; getting bored of playing his music over and over; figuring out what touring schedule works for him; he’s obsessed over music his whole life; Eric Clapton talk; who he tours with; he didn’t think he would ever sign with a record label; he says the only reason to sign with a record label is for more money to create a record; he expands on the benefits of a record label; talk about streaming services like Spotify; he’s never enjoyed working for someone else; Joe does whatever he wants, but he earns it; Joe talks about his jobs; Joe doesn’t have an assistant; getting shit done makes you feel good; Joe talks about his daughter and her creativity; encouraging creativity; (2:00:00) there’s a creative aspect to anything that’s satisfying; Sturgill talks about his old job working with trains; men who live lives of quiet desperation; he never thought he could play music for a job; he’s at the level of success that he wants to remain at; Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; 13 moon calendar; bongs; doing dabs; laser powered bong video; Sturgill talks about his sinus issues and using edibles to deal with the pain after surgery; talk about marijuana legalization and pharmaceutical companies; he’s listed as a smoker on his life insurance policy because he takes edibles; ranting about drinking alcohol vs. smoking weed; Sturgill doesn’t let people get drunk when on the road; people are taking drugs (pharmaceuticals, caffeine) all day; the first song Joe played in the new studio was “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus; Sturgill talks about hanging out with Rick Rubin and his amazing stereo; Henry Rollins’ $200,000 speakers; Ford Bronco talk; Nashville’s rising real estate prices; Nashville TV show; Zanies Nashville; comedy club talk; he saw Dave Chappelle do comedy for around three hours; more Dave Chappelle talk; Joe never does anything he doesn’t want to do, aside from forcing himself to write; talk about the writing process; writing on paper vs. a computer; writing or performing while high; he says he’s played some of the best shows of his life while high off edibles; Joe likes a shot before he goes on stage; eating after a show; Joe talks about holding in a shit and squeezing his ass cheeks together while grabbing onto a railing; food poisoning stories; Food Inc. documentary; food on the road; Sturgill talks about trying to cut sugar out of his diet; coffee talk; Sturgill likes his steak almost raw; wild game meat; Joe eats elk almost everyday; animals in Kentucky and hunting; Sturgil’s wife found scorpions at his house; Clash of the Titans movie; The Beastmaster movie.
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