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Sturgill Simpson, Sink or Swim
The Sailor’s tour kickoff searches for its sea legs
DAILY Music  May 6, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Here comes Sturgill Simpson, disloyal savior of country music high on recent chart-topper A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, kicking off his national tour with sold-out shows at Austin’s prestigious Moody Theater on Thursday and Friday. His problem’s a simple one: What to do with one’s hands?..."

ACL Review: Sturgill Simpson
So outlaw even an Eighties techno-pop hit becomes hardcore country
DAILY Music  October 4, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...Leave it to 37-year-old Sturgill Simpson of Jackson, Ky., to make the giant Honda stage at ACL Fest feel like a small-town VFW hall on a Saturday night...."

Sturgill Simpson Wows Austin City Limits
First of three performances in Austin this weekend
DAILY Music  April 2, 2015, by Doug Freeman
"...Few acts make their Austin City Limits debut amid such buzz as Sturgill Simpson Wednesday night. Previewing two sold-out Stubb’s shows this weekend, the Kentucky native got a standing ovation just for taking the stage..."

2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival Lineup
Foo Fighters, Drake, the Weeknd, and Deadmau5 top fall fest
DAILY Music  May 5, 2015, by Kevin Curtin and Raoul Hernandez
"...Scanning down the bill, you’ll see Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, who cancelled his ACL Fest appearance last year due to illness, but recently returned with a sold-out show at Austin Music Hall booked by festival organizers C3 Presents. Similarly, modern country savior Sturgill Simpson earned his ACL artist bracelet after a recent two-night stand at C3 venue Stubb’s and an Austin City Limits taping..."

Paul Cauthen’s Deep Country Gospel
Former Sons of Fathers frontman’s solo debut deals out one of the best country albums of the year
Music Story  November 23, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"..."One thing I love about Chris Stapleton was that he'd been writing all these cookie-cutter hits for Nashville, but when he went to the truth for himself after his father passed, he broke away everything and just said, 'What would me and my dad like to listen to?' Sturgill Simpson, same fucking thing. Once you cut everything out, you go back to what you're actually good at and nailing that 100 percent..."

Sturgill Simpson
Music Review  June 19, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)..."

Bonnie Bishop on Who She Is and Isn't
The singer’s new album and how she almost walked away from music
Music Story  December 1, 2016, by Abby Johnston
"...Months later, out of the blue, she received a call from Dave Cobb. A big shot producer who helped launch the careers of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton, he'd listened to the demos Macias sent him and wanted to work with Bishop under one condition: They would not be making a country album..."

Playback: ACL Fest's First Weeknd Moves Mountains
ACL Fest 2015 weekend one wrap
Music Column  October 8, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...The Leeds quartet drew a massive crowd on Sunday night and perfectly re-created their indie rock birdcalls with a light show almost impressive enough to conceal that they're totally boring showmen. Country redeemer Sturgill Simpson, on the other hand, has beefed up his music to adapt to major bandstands with a sonic stampede that includes huge musical breaks and seamless segues...."

ACL Fest 2015 Saturday Listings
Blurbs on the hour
Music Story  October 1, 2015
"...Sturgill Simpson 4:20pm, Honda stage Sturgill Simpson doesn't give a damn about saving country music, despite the mantle being continually placed upon him following last year's breakout sophomore LP, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Recently capturing Artist and Song of the Year honors at the Americana Music Awards, the Kentuckian's Waylon Jennings drawl and expansive scope in sound and sentiment paves a path of new progressive country..."

Playback: Willie's Picnic Comes Home
Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic lands back in Austin
Music Column  July 2, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Veteran twangers at Circuit of the Americas include Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, and David Allen Coe, who'll likely repaint his Confederate Flag guitar in light of recent political developments (just kiddin'). Budding outlaws on the bill include Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and the concert's big ticket mover, Eric Church...."

National Top 10s
Eight critics, 80 lines by genre
Music Story  December 31, 2014
"...1) Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)..."

Best of 2014 (So Far)
Midyear playlist yields 25 tracks both local and national
DAILY Music  July 8, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...1 1) Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, “All By Myself,” Common Ground 2) Parker Millsap, “Land of the Red Man,” Land of the Red Man 3) Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, “Motor City Man,” Our Year 4) Rosie & the Ramblers, “Minivan,” Whatever You Need 5) Lone Justice, “Working Man’s Blues,” The Vaught Tapes 1983 6) Drive-By Truckers, “Shit Shots Count,” English Oceans 7) The Whigs, “Hit Me,” Modern Creation 8) Collin Herring “Psychopaths,” Some Knives 9) Spanish Gold, “Out on the Street,” South of Nowhere 10) Greyhounds, “What’s On Your Mind,” Accumulator 11) St. Paul & the Broken Bones, “Call Me,” Half the City 12) NRBQ, “Can’t Wait to Kiss You,” Brass Tacks 13) John Fullbright, “Happy,” Songs 14) Eliza Gilkyson, “Eliza Jane,” The Nocturne Diaries 15) Hurray for the Riff Raff, “Blue Ridge Mountain,” Small Town Heroes 16) Johnny Cash, “Rock & Roll Shoes,” Out Among the Stars 17) Sturgill Simpson, “Long White Line,” Metamodern Sounds in Country Music 18) Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Do I Have the Time,” Make My Head Sing... 20) Old 97’s, “Intervention,” Most Messed Up 21) Rodney Crowell, “Jesus Talk to Mama,” Tarpaper Sky 22) Gina Chavez, “Save Me,” Up Rooted 23) Bob Corritore, “Shuff Stuff,” Taboo 24) Erin Ivey with Tosca String Quartet, “Whisper of the Moon,” Whisper of the Moon 25) Slaid Cleaves & Eliza Gilkyson, “In the Pines,” An Unreal Dream..."

Saturday Picks and Sleepers
Saturday night SXSW blurbs
Music Story  March 14, 2014
"...They aren't copying what's come before them, simply using it as a road map to an honest and exhilarating sound of their own. Recent release Vacilador featured the band's impeccable ensemble play and songs both joyous and creative. Jim Caligiuri Sturgill Simpson..."

Cody Jinks, Kim Simpson & Travis Green
Music Review  August 4, 2016, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Cody Jinks I'm Not the Devil (Cody Jinks Music/Thirty Tigers) Add Cody Jinks to the list of new country outlaws populated by Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jamey Johnson. Heavily bearded, tattooed, and hailing from Ft..."

Live Shots: Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings
Music Review  July 9, 2015, by Doug Freeman
"...Early afternoon highlights offered Ray Wylie Hubbard's swampy blues and a relatively cleaned-up David Allan Coe, before the main stage opened with a rough and humbled bow by Kris Kristofferson. As much about christening outlaw inheritors as bolstering legends, the holiday convergence highlighted emerging stars Sturgill Simpson, plying a more traditional routine, and Chris Stapleton impressing behind his debut LP Traveller, though Jason Isbell's exceptional songwriting shone brightest..."

Tyler Childers’ Universal Sound
High lonesome and dark-hollered grit
DAILY Music  July 20, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...Credit the slow burn breakout of last September’s sophomore LP, Purgatory, bolstered by Sturgill Simpson’s role as producer. For a wild-eyed song chaser kicking around West Virginia the past few years, Childers has clearly chalked up support from his peer group’s top tier..."

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic 2018
PHOTO GALLERY  July 5, 2018
"...Sturgill Simpson..."

Willie Nelson Unites America
A guitar-strumming Beto O’Rourke tries too
DAILY Music  July 5, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Waiting on Sturgill Simpson, who last year called Trump a “fascist fucking pig” while busking outside the CMA Music Awards but yesterday contented himself with performing an impressive set of lengthy, hyperventilating guitar jams sans outward politics, Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson emerged onstage and declared, “We need to make Texas a better place for everyone.” Then he ripped open his pearl snaps to reveal a Beto O’Rourke shirt...."

Austin July Events Guide
The fun isn't over yet. Summer is just getting started.
DAILY Chron Events  June 28, 2018, by Cassie Arredondo
"...Hosted and headlined by none other than Mr. Nelson himself, this daylong event features music performances by Sturgill Simpson, the Head and the Heart, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Margo Price, and many more. Austin Sound & Cinema 2018 at the Long Center..."

Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Music Review  May 31, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Going on 20 years' activity and nine albums into a glorious if seemingly low-key career, Jason Boland feels more worthy of the Country Music Savior crown many place atop Sturgill Simpson's head. Boland would most likely shrug it off, preferring his own path, including recording a full-on punk rocker, "I Guess It's Alright," on his last LP with his expert trio the Stragglers, Squelch..."

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