Listen to Sturgill Simpson’s New Country Song ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
There is a new zombie flick from director Jim Jarmusch called "The Dead Don't Die," that hit theaters last weekend. The film stars Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez and Adam Driver -- with a special cameo from Sturgill Simpson.
In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. News reports are scary, and scientists are concerned, but no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: the dead rise from their graves and feast on the living, and the citizens must battle to survive.
On Friday (June 14) Simpson released a new song that will be included on the soundtrack, also called “The Dead Don’t Die." Sturgill told Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on Apple Music regarding the new song:
“The motivation for doing it was Jim Jarmusch called me and asked me if I wanted to write a song for his movie. And I think I said yes before he even got the question out. I’ve always loved his work, probably since I was too young to really even understand or be watching, so like Ghost Dog, movies like Dead Man, they had a huge impact on me. I’ve probably seen Ghost Dog like two or three hundred times, so it really is like a sort of a bucket list thing getting to work with him. [It was] the title of the film, so I knew it had to be the title of the song. And then, I’m just reading the script; some little anecdotes and takeaways from what I thought the real underlying message that Jim was getting across. It was different because I’ve always … I’ll usually write my own stuff from a perspective of my own life experience, and this was more … This was fun. It was a lot of fun.”