It’s not often you hear a cover that completely transforms a song into something brand new, but Sturgill Simpson pulled it off with his rendition of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” The track – which is the second single from Simpson’s upcoming album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, out April 15 – wipes the grit from the grunge legends’ original version, replacing Kurt Cobain’s heavy guitar with rich pedal steel.
Simpson recently discussed the cover in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I remember in seventh or eighth grade when that album dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man. I wanted to make a very beautiful and pure homage to Kurt.”
Check out the video below.