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NPR Morning Edition: Sturgill Simpson Puts A Paternal Twist On Hard-Edged Country

on June 9, 2016 - 12:00am

"From the buzz that surrounded Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the breakout album Sturgill Simpson released two years ago, you might not know that Simpson is a deep thinker who treasures his blue-collar, Appalachian roots."  Read more here.

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Memphis Flyer Random Review: A Sailor's Guide to Earth

on June 9, 2016 - 12:00am

“... there is something for country music fans, however, when they sit down for a listen, they will have their boundaries tested as Simpson takes listeners on a tightly orchestrated tour of American music from Motown to grunge and even jazz.”

"There is plenty more for the musical omnivores who like to see any genre pushed to the bounds of its limitations. If you want to hear Sturgill Simpson get funky, you should check out A Sailor's Guide to Earth."

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WTF with Marc Maron: STURGILL SIMPSON / JOHN C. REILLY

on June 8, 2016 - 12:00am

"Sturgill Simpson has all the makings of a classic country star, complete with an upbringing in coal country, a job on the railroad, and the stamp of approval by country music legends. But as Sturgill tells Marc, he's not interested in being country's savior. He just likes making music, especially for his son."

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Cheatsheet: 8 of the Best Albums of the Year So Far

on June 7, 2016 - 12:00am

2. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

"The Kentucky songwriter’s newest album is his greatest yet, blending country stomps with the psychedelia that’s only been allowed to lurk in the background of previous releases. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth feels cohesive in spite of all its shifting moods, a testament to Simpson’s mastery of his craft and his ability to switch between the earnest orchestral beauty of opener 'Welcome to Earth' and the fun but furious political satire of 'Call to Arms.'"

 

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Minneapolis City Pages: Sturgill Simpson, country's answer to Kanye West, sails triumphantly through First Ave

on June 6, 2016 - 11:19am

"And that’s just what Sturgill did with Sailor’s Guide — he put out what might be the most genre-less album of the year. He arguably blew wide open the thematic vocabulary of modern country in a way even Kanye never did in rap. And it all seems to have worked, based on the rapturous audience response at Sunday's show.”

"Sturgill has assembled a live band that will pretty much eat your soul out of your chest for breakfast.”

"With the horns in tow, the band delivered just about everything you could ever need"

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