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The Oklahoman: Sturgill Simpson at the Criterion theater

on May 11, 2016 - 11:15am

"And that's kind of the beauty of a guy like Sturgill Simpson: his work is unconventional, lending it an unmistakable charm. He's also an extremely talented musician.”

"Simpson played the Criterion theater in Bricktown on Wednesday evening, and of the probably hundreds of live shows I've seen I can honestly say it was one of the best performances I have ever witnessed. Simpson brought a full band out on the road, and rightly so."

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The Houston Chronicle: Sturgill Simpson sends his voice over White Oak Music Hall

on May 11, 2016 - 11:13am

Simpson played the ebb and flow well, though the quieter moments were drowned out at times. All in all, though, Simpson and his band were workmanlike in their approach. Nothing showy, but they didn't need anything showy. All the flash can be found in the songs.

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Spin: Sturgill Simpson Preps a Son of a Sailor on ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’

on April 15, 2016 - 12:00am

At age 37 and only three records into his career, Sturgill Simpson carries with him a sack of lore. He’s the guy who wrote 400 emails to music insiders in Nashville trying to get his foot in the door, the first country singer to sing about taking DMT, and maybe, most perniciously, the outsider who makes country music for people who don’t like country music. It’s possible to peg Simpson as an agent of subversion, the “alt” to mainstream country, but it doesn’t do him full justice.  Click here for more.

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Stereogum: Album Of The Week - Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

on April 11, 2016 - 12:00am

 

It must be a big responsibility, having a voice like the one Sturgill Simpson has. It has to be something like having superhuman strength or the power of teleportation. There’s the joy that comes with having this amazing ability, but then there’s also the knowledge that you need to use it for good, and the uncertainty of what “good” might even be.  Click here to read more.

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NPR Music First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'A Sailor's Guide To Earth'

on April 7, 2016 - 12:00am

 

What does the man who said "no" do when everyone around him responds with a "yes"? That's a question Sturgill Simpson had to ask himself upon embarking on his first recordings after his 2014 breakthrough, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. That album, which showed a deep understanding of country's formalities while playing on the individualistic rebelliousness of rock and enlisting the emotional power of soul, pushed the 37-year-old Kentuckian from a respectable spot in Nashville's crowded talent pool right to its center.

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