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on January 10, 2016 - 11:47am


Kentucky-born Sturgill Simpson's psychedelia-streaked Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2015 Grammys and named the second best country album of 2015 by Rolling Stone — but he's way past genre distinctions. An outlaw in the tradition of Waylon Jennings, Simpson also isn't above covering (and devouring) New Wave hit "The Promise" by When In Rome.

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Austin Chronicle

on January 9, 2016 - 11:47am

"As much as Simpson acknowledges tradition...his authenticity emerges in the ways he breaks from it. The psychedelic, metaphysical musings of his lyrics, and the unapologetic eclecticism of styles and genres that he pulls from all wrangle into something altogether new, while maintaining one foot in classic outlaw country territory." "Simpson may be the hottest thing on the edge of country music these days, but he’s not afraid to keep pushing the boundaries even further." To read more, click here.

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Culture Map: Sturgill Simpson blows away Austin City Limits crowd with magical performance

on January 8, 2016 - 11:47am

It's hard not to slip into hyperbole when writing about Sturgill Simpson's Austin City Limits taping on Wednesday. It was truly something special. Simpson's brand of outlaw country is not simply defined, as proven by his cover of When in Rome’s hit single, "The Promise." His rendition of it Wednesday night was one of the show’s highlights. What was defined was the soaring power of his vocals and the tight performance by his band, punctuated by the outstanding Estonian guitarist Laur Joamets... READ MORE

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Tulsa World Review: Sturgill Simpson stuns sold-out Cain's Ballroom crowd

on January 7, 2016 - 11:47am

Finally seeing Sturgill Simpson and his band at Cain’s Ballroom, there’s one word I wrote repeatedly in my notes: perfect. His voice, his energy, his guitar work, his songs, his band, his voice. It was a stunning sold-out show Sunday night at Cain’s.

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Nashville Scene: Sturgill Simpson Kills for Hometown Crowd at 3rd & Lindsley

on January 6, 2016 - 11:47am

The Spin has never come closer to feeling guilty for making it on the comp list as we did Saturday night at 3rd & Lindsley, where country music’s great white hope Sturgill Simpson performed the first of a two-night stand at the 500-ish-cap club. Not only did each show sell out instantly (an impressive albeit unsurprising feat, considering the remarkable year Simpson has had); we talked to multiple fans who paid scalpers triple-digit sums for tickets on the secondary market.