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Sturgill Simpson

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Mixing outlaw country influences with existential musings on love, drugs and spirituality, Kentucky-born Sturgill Simpson’s second solo album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music pulls off this unlikely combination “without sounding pretentious, schmaltzy, or dangerous” (Pitchfork). Simpson brings his innovative take on country to ACL with songs from that Grammy-nominated album and more.

Simpson launched his solo career in 2012 after a stint in the bluegrass band Sunday Valley. His self-released 2013 debut High Top Mountain became an underground hit, with critics likening his throwback sound to that country legend Waylon Jennings. However, it was his sophomore album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music that launched Simpson into full-blown stardom. Equal parts reminiscent and forward-looking, Metamodern Sounds‘ introspective songs form what the New York Times calls “one of the most jolting country albums in recent memory.” No topic is off limites for Simpson – his musings include God, drugs, Buddha and aliens. But as far-flung as these topics may seem, Simpson’s rich voice and authentic melodies ground these musings in a way that will appeal to old-school country purists and newcomers alike.

It’s not often that you see a country singer/songwriter thanking Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking in an album’s acknowledgements, but then again, it’s not often that you encounter a country artist quite as innovative as Simpson. Although his sound is a sharp departure from today’s mainstream country acts, Simpson’s appeal extends to all kinds of music lovers with a LP that’s a “shelf-worthy addition next to the greats” (Paste).

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