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Sturgill Simpson says he’s already completed a new album, but he’s not in a hurry to release it. Sturgill talked about the forthcoming album in an interview with GQ.

“What’s next is already finished,” he says. “I don’t want to put it out just yet, because I know I’m just going to have to turn around and do what I just did all over again. Quite honestly, I need about six months at home with my family.”

Sturgill has spent almost two years of promotion and touring, so Simpson is ready to temporarily step back and focus on his private life. He also says he places an importance on having the freedom to create music when it inspires him, instead of when its expected from him.

“For me it’s all about being in the moment and having freedom,” Simpson explains. “In the mechanics of the industry, the art comes last. But the art is what can’t be put on a timeline. You can’t say, ‘Well, I’m going to make a record in May because that’s when the producer has a window.’ So just recording and getting things out is paramount for me. That has to be spontaneous.”

Sturgill isn't revealing much about the new album's inspiration outside of saying that it’ll follow the route of a directly-themed concept album, much like his previous releases.

Be on the lookout for it. I guess we'll get it when he is ready!