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Rolling Stone: Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson To Headline Farm Aid

on June 20, 2016 - 12:00am

September 17th concert will also feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

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Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far

on June 16, 2016 - 2:48pm

#21. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Atlantic)

"He played around with soul and Southern rock in deep, committed ways. He covered a Nirvana classic as a countrypolitan waltz, and he sang about getting high and playing GoldenEye. And he also went sincere, structuring his whole stunning LP as a letter to his young son. Sometimes, following your instincts pays off.”

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Paste Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth Review Rating: 8.5

on June 14, 2016 - 11:51am

“...A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is more ambitious by an order of magnitude than anything the Kentucky-born singer has done before.”

"As a whole, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is simultaneously eclectic and of a piece: It’s big and bold and sometimes messy, but never unfocused. The way that Simpson captures the passion, joy, anguish and exhaustion that are part of first-time parenthood makes the album a powerful tribute to his son, while establishing Simpson as an artist who, despite his country heart, simply won’t be confined by notions of genre or, for that matter, anyone else’s expectations."

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Pitchfork: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth

on June 11, 2016 - 12:00am


"Progressive country's lead tastemaker changes his path again. A Sailor's Guide to Earth finds Sturgill Simpson weirder and more adventurous than ever, forging a bold new way forward.” 

"A Sailor's Guide to Earth represents a startling change in tone and presents a wealth of rewards for every creative risk.”

"It's a deeply personal album that, while establishing Simpson as the defining songwriter of his class, displays an artistic growth that defies any sort of easy label.” 

“...the result is a beautiful and earnest record that flips the defeatist subtext of Metamodern on its head.” 


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Brooklyn Magazine Love, Pain, and the Whole Damn Thing: On Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

on June 10, 2016 - 12:00am

“...he lets his music be everything at the same time; hope and redemption and sorrow and pain and loss. That’s why it’s country."

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