Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sturgill Simpson's NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert premieres




“Best New Country Badass.”
Rolling Stone 

“It is the best country record of the year, hands down. That is, if you can even call it country. Frankly, I don’t know what it is, except for brilliant…”—Esquire

“We’ll be lucky to hear a stronger album—country or otherwise—this year.”—The Washington Post

“…will endure as one of this young century’s best traditionalist country records.”—Stereogum

Sturgill Simpson’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert recently premiered and can now be viewed/shared here. Of his performance, NPR Music’s Robin Hilton praises, “…Simpson is a force. His acoustic-guitar work in this solo performance is phenomenal, and he possesses a thundering voice that made the NPR offices shudder.” The acoustic session features songs from Simpson’s two LPs—“Time After All” and “Water in the Well” from last year’s High Top Mountain and “Turtles All The Way Down” and “Life of Sin” from this year’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp).

Simpson will continue his extensive worldwide tour this fall, including a sold-out headlining show at L.A.’s The Troubadour as well as club dates throughout the Southeast, Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Midwest. The tour also includes shows supporting Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell and Drive By Truckers. See below for complete details.

In addition to the tour, Simpson and his band—bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller—will perform on “Conan” on Wednesday, September 10. Earlier this summer, they made their network television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and were featured on the BBC’s “Later Live with Jools Holland,” “Later…with Jools Holland” and American Public Media’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Simpson is also nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. 

Earlier this summer, a new music video from Simpson, “Life of Sin: Live at RCA Studio A,” premiered at Rolling Stone Country and can now be viewed/shared here. Filmed by LR Baggs as part of their “Handcrafted Video Series,” the session was recorded earlier this summer on a rare day off at the legendary Nashville studio. An exclusive interview with Simpson and producer Dave Cobb filmed at RCA Studio A can be viewed here.

Of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Rolling Stone heralds, “Sounds Like: Merle Haggard with a stack of books on cosmology and metaphysics,” while Garden & Gun praises, “Metamodern is what country music should sound like.” Moreover, The Washington Post calls him, “Country music’s most exciting new outsider” and The Wall Street Journal describes, “the album salts old-school country, bluegrass and gospel sounds with hints of psychedelia and even electronica—although fans of his authentic-country cred aren’t likely to be disappointed.” Additionally, NPR Music recently premiered his music videos for “The Promise” and “Turtles All The Way Down.”

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 four days in late 2013. Of the album, Simpson comments, “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 in addition to contributing art to publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

September 5 & 6                                Greenwood Village, CO         Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater*
 September 11                                           Los Angeles, CA                  The Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
September 13                                              Naches, WA                                            Chinook Festival
September 17                                              Nashville, TN                                                  City Winery
  September 19 & 20                                      Bristol, TN               Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival
 September 24                                             Oslo, Norway                                                    Pokalen Pub
September 25                                            Bergen, Norway                                               Madam Felle
 September 26                                         Stockholm, Sweden                                            Bryggarsalen
September 28                                      Copenhagen, Denmark                                           Pumpehuset
September 29                                              London, UK                                                        Dingwalls
September 30                                           Nottingham, UK                                                    The Maze
         October 1                                                     Bristol, UK                        The Tunnels, Temple Meads           
October 2                                                   Liverpool, UK                                                                  Leaf
October 3                                                    Cork, Ireland                                         Triskel Arts Centre
October 4                                                   Dublin, Ireland                                                         Whelans
October 5                                                    Glasgow, UK                                                         Oran Mor
October 6                                                  Gateshead, UK                                     The Sage Gateshead
 October 10                                                   Atlanta, GA    Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
October 11                                                 Greenville, SC                                        Fall for Greenville
October 16                                                   Phoenix, AZ                                        Ak-Chin Pavilion*
October 17                                                 Las Vegas, NV                     MGM Grand Garden Arena*
October 18                                             San Bernardino, CA                   San Manual Amphitheater*
            October 19                                                Chula Vista, CA                       Sleep Train Amphitheatre*           
October 26                                                  Nashville, TN                                    Ryman Auditorium#
October 31                                               New Orleans, LA                                         Voodoo Festival
November 1                                                  Mobile, AL                                                                Moe’s
November 2                                              Jacksonville, FL                                                Jack Rabbits
November 4                                               Charleston, SC                                           The Pour House
November 5                                                 Augusta, GA                                                          Sky City
November 6                                                 Durham, NC               Durham Performing Arts Center#
November 7                                                Charlotte, NC                                            The Chop Shop
November 8                                                  Macon, GA                                     Cox Capitol Theatre
November 9                                              Birmingham, AL                                    WorkPlay Theatre
November 11                                               Oxford, MS                                                  Proud Larry’s
November 12                                            Hattiesburg, MS                                           Thirsty Hippo
November 14                                            San Antonio, TX                                  Sam’s Burger Joint
November 15                                                Dallas, TX                                                        Club Dada
November 16                                               Houston, TX                                   Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
November 18                                               Phoenix, AZ                                                     Valley Bar
November 20-22                                     San Francisco, CA                                         The Fillmore†
November 23                                            Sacramento, CA                                                      Harlow’s
November 25                                              Portland, OR              Mississippi Studios (SOLD OUT)
November 26                                               Seattle, WA                                                Tractor Tavern
November 28                                          Salt Lake City, UT                                      The State Room
December 2                                             Kansas City, MO                                            Knuckehead’s
December 4                                             Minneapolis, MN                              Fine Line Music Café
December 5                                               Milwaukee, WI                                                  Turner Hall
December 6                                                  Chicago, IL                                                     Thalia Hall

*supporting Zac Brown Band
#supporting Jason Isbell
†supporting Drive-By Truckers

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