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Simpson makes sin sound good

Friday, May 2, 2014 – Sturgill Simpson's new song, "Live of Sin," can be heard on Esquire in advance of his sophomore disc, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, " due May 13 on High Top Mountain Records.

Simpson will tour the U.S. and United Kingdom this spring and summer with shows in Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C. Additional upcoming appearances include BBC's "Later Live with Jools Holland" and "Later...with Jools Holland" on May 6 and May 9 as well as American Public Media's "A Prairie Home Companion" on May 10.

Produced once again by friend and trusted collaborator Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson), "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" was recorded live-to-tape at Nashville's LCS studio over 4 days in late 2013. Simpson was joined by his touring band - bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller.

"Myriad worldly offerings - religion, drugs, and more - all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That's what this record is about."

Simpson's portrait on the album cover was designed by friend and painter Jason Seiler, who is perhaps best known for illustrating Pope Francis for TIME Magazine's 2013 "Person of the Year" issue.

Tour dates are:

May 3 Belfast, U.K. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 4-5 Kilkenny, Ireland Kilkenny Roots
May 8 Nashville, TN Station Inn (WSM live broadcast)
May 13 Nashville, TN Grimey's (in-store)
May 15 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
May 17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
July 3 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival
July 9 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
July 10 Washington, DC The Birchmere *
July 18 Cincinnati, OH Buckle Up Fest
July 24 London, U.K. Bush Hall
July 26 Perth, U.K. Southern Fried Festival
July 27 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Aug. 29-30 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
Sept.13 Naches, WA Chinook Festival
Sept. 19-20 Bristol, TN Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival
Oct. 26 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium **
* supporting Pokey LaFarge
** supporting Jason Isbell

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A Soldier's Guide to Earth CD review - A Soldier's Guide to Earth
If scratching your head about the sounds emanating from Sturgill Simpson's third release, then "It Ain't All Flowers" from his last release, the excellent "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," ought to serve as a reference point. In a disc filled with traditional country sounds, "Flowers" was about as far away as one could get with the electronics sounding so completely disjointed from everything else on the release. Put it this way - " Islands" »»»
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music CD review - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
The first time you hear Sturgill sing you may feel like you've heard a ghost - the ghost of Waylon Jennings, that is. Although his voice isn't as low as Jennings' was, it's nevertheless still in the same general vocal range ballpark. Better still, the Kentucky native sings wonderfully honest country songs. "Life of Sin," for instance, is a song about, well, sinning, which is really some of what great country is all about. Yes, most of this album will do a »»»
High Top Mountain CD review - High Top Mountain
There's not a whole lot of traditional troubadours around these days. Old school may still be appreciated, but when it comes to country crossovers and reaching the masses, it's roots rock, alt.-country and Americana that hold the upper hand. Which makes it surprising in a way that newcomer Sturgill Simpson should sound like such a, well, old-timer. Hell, even his name resembles the kind of handle aptly suited to a country crooner. It's little wonder then that his debut disc, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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