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"...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?..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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 SimpsonMetamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...1) Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)..."
"...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..."
"...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 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."