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The guitar hero of Forecastle, Day 2: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson playing his Mast Stage set at the Forecastle Festival.
Sturgill Simpson playing his Mast Stage set at the Forecastle Festival. rcopley@herald-leader.com

Meet Sturgill Simpson, guitar hero. By jettisoning the horn section that backed him onstage following the release of last year’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” album and trimming what remained of his band to a lean quartet, the Kentucky country renegade opened his evening set with a reading of “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” that roared on for 10 minutes, over half of which was devoted to long, winding guitar jams Simpson played over a thick, deliberate Southern groove.

Read all of Walter Tunis’ live blog from the second day of the Forecastle Festival by clicking here.

Follow coverage of the final day of the fest at the LexGo Facebook page.

If you go

Forecastle Festival

What: Three-day music festival with multiple stages featuring Odesza, LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Sturgill Simpson, P.J. Harvey and many more.

When: Through July 16

Where: Waterfront Park, 300 E. River Rd. in Louisville

Tickets: Starting at $69.50

Call: 1-800-745-3000

Online: Forecastlefest.com

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