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NPR Music: Hear Thrilling New Music From Sturgill Simpson

on March 4, 2016 - 12:00am

I knew this would be a thrill but I didn't expect the new Sturgill Simpson record to have bagpipes, a Nirvana cover and the Dap-Kings! Sturgill has announced that his new album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, will be out on April 15, and he's released a single called "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)." It's a guitar-sliding rock dirge that wavers between Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones in its winding instrumental break. Its message encourages us to give a little in this life, a life we don't have for long.

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Rolling Stone: Best Preview of Another Fest - Sturgill Simpson

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.

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on January 15, 2016 - 11:47am


Country outlaw Sturgill Simpson won the award for Coachella performer most likely to play Stagecoach – and he actually is – with his mix of earnest country and bluegrass, which picked up such velocity at the end of the set it almost sounded as if his band were going to break into T. Rex’s "Bang a Gong (Get It On)” at any second... READ MORE

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on January 12, 2016 - 11:47am


If you've been living under the impression that country music has by and large devolved into one of the most soulless, cookie-cutter genres of our bleak modern age — see this stupefying mash-up of six recent country hits on YouTube for proof — you'd be right. But the fact that rising honky-tonk revivalist Sturgill Simpson's Saturday show at the Fillmore sold out months in advance is a hopeful sign that the country music pendulum might be swinging in the right direction... READ MORE

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on January 11, 2016 - 11:47am

“Woke up today and decided to kill my ego. It ain’t ever done me no good no how.” — Sturgill Simpson, “Just Let Go” Do this job long enough and your hype detector becomes a highly tuned machine. Credible magazines canonize marginal artists among the world’s most influential people and organizations induct undeserving musicians into their hallowed halls. Otherwise sane journalists insist on bestowing upon just fine songwriters the heavy mantle of “the next Bob Dylan.” Hype, hype everywhere and not a drop to drink.


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