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Rolling Stone: Best Preview of Another Fest - Sturgill Simpson

  • Rolling Stone: Best Preview of Another Fest - Sturgill Simpson
    January 17, 2016

    Not every artist can fit onto the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival roster and then return to the same site a week later at the annual Stagecoach, which is dedicated to country music. This year's crossover artist was Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, who ripped up the Gobi tent Sunday with songs of bad love and big dreams. His four-man band dove into the authentic country of "Railroad of Sin," as Simpson sang: "Looking back on my life now at some of the things I done/Makes me wanna hang my head in shame." The epic journey of "Sometimes Wine" ranged from high-speed plucking to dreamy slide guitar as Simpson sang of a romance that haunts him still: "Since you've been gone, this life's been more than I can stand/so sometimes whiskey and sometimes wine."

    The Wall Street Journal "Sharing a tent on Sunday afternoon, Angel Olsen and Sturgill Simpson performed sets to devotees of great songs and country music." 

    Rolling Stone Country "It's not often you see Sturgill Simpson backed by a string section, but the four violinists accompanying him on Conan this week added a certain depth to the already profound 'Just Let Go.'" 

    Nashville Scene "How did it go over? Well, according to the Cone Man himself, it was 'amazing,' and Simpson is 'the real deal.'" - 

    Bluegrass Situation "…stellar version of 'Just Let Go'…"

    Stereogum "Sturgill Simpson brought out the big guns for his performance on Conan last night — in addition to his usual band members, he also added a string section and a keyboardist to the mix, making his second appearance on the late-night show a completely different affair from the first." 

    Spin "...a very full and emotional sound." 

    Diffuser “...Conan said what we were all thinking: 'He’s the real deal.’"  

    AXS "...by show's end, many were clapping and stomping as though Simpson was their favorite artist. He'd won them over, plain and simple." 

michelle.bermudez's picture
on January 17, 2016 - 11:47am

Not every artist can fit onto the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival roster and then return to the same site a week later at the annual Stagecoach, which is dedicated to country music. This year's crossover artist was Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, who ripped up the Gobi tent Sunday with songs of bad love and big dreams. His four-man band dove into the authentic country of "Railroad of Sin," as Simpson sang: "Looking back on my life now at some of the things I done/Makes me wanna hang my head in shame." The epic journey of "Sometimes Wine" ranged from high-speed plucking to dreamy slide guitar as Simpson sang of a romance that haunts him still: "Since you've been gone, this life's been more than I can stand/so sometimes whiskey and sometimes wine."

The Wall Street Journal "Sharing a tent on Sunday afternoon, Angel Olsen and Sturgill Simpson performed sets to devotees of great songs and country music." 

Rolling Stone Country "It's not often you see Sturgill Simpson backed by a string section, but the four violinists accompanying him on Conan this week added a certain depth to the already profound 'Just Let Go.'" 

Nashville Scene "How did it go over? Well, according to the Cone Man himself, it was 'amazing,' and Simpson is 'the real deal.'" - 

Bluegrass Situation "…stellar version of 'Just Let Go'…"

Stereogum "Sturgill Simpson brought out the big guns for his performance on Conan last night — in addition to his usual band members, he also added a string section and a keyboardist to the mix, making his second appearance on the late-night show a completely different affair from the first." 

Spin "...a very full and emotional sound." 

Diffuser “...Conan said what we were all thinking: 'He’s the real deal.’"  

AXS "...by show's end, many were clapping and stomping as though Simpson was their favorite artist. He'd won them over, plain and simple."