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Sturgill Simpson isn’t one to rest on his laurels, which is why, less than a year after the release of his critically acclaimed debut, "High Top Mountain," the singer-songwriter is coming out with his captivating and wholly unique sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, on May 13, 2014, through his own label, High Top Mountain Records. The album title – an allusion to Ray Charles’ groundbreaking 1962 record, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" -- hints at the psychedelic sounds found within, a departure from Simpson’s first album, which drew comparisons to the music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. “I think that there is a lot of room in country music for progression and sonic oscillation, which is what I wanted to explore.”

Where some artists find inspiration from other music, Simpson found his in books, devouring religious texts both ancient and modern, recent studies about discoveries in quantum physics and string theory, and publications by Carl Sagan and Terence McKenna. He also drew upon French filmmaker Gaspar Noe’s experimental drama Enter the Void as he created murky, multi-textured soundscapes that incorporate elements of classic country, bluegrass, rock, and even a bit of electronica, a genre that Simpson admits he has a “slight fetish” for.

Simpson reunited with High Top Mountain producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson) for Metamodern Sounds in Country Music; the pair has formed a strong friendship in addition to a solid in-studio partnership built on complete trust and the willingness to engage in creative musical experimentation. Working with a budget of only $4,000, Simpson and his road band – bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets, and drummer Miles Miller -- cut the entire record live to tape in four rare consecutive days off in the middle of a relentless tour schedule; nearly all of the songs were completed in two takes or fewer during these spur of the moment sessions. The result is an album that crackles with the raw energy of a concert.

Opening track “Turtles All the Way Down” was written after Simpson read Dr. Rick Strassman’s The Spirit Molecule, a book about the mystical encounters people have experienced under the influence of the hallucinogenic compound DMT. With this song, Simpson found the theme that would bind this unofficial concept record together: “Every time I take a look inside that old and fabled book/I’m blinded and reminded of the pain caused by some old man in the sky/Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, DMT, they all changed the way I see/But love’s the only thing that’s ever saved my life.”

“Life of Sin,” bolstered by twangy Telecaster, is reminiscent of a lost ‘70s outlaw country classic, and “Living the Dream” is its rebellious twin as Simpson spits, “I don’t have to do a goddamn thing except sit around and wait to die.”

The spiritual “A Little Light Within,” originally written for a companion soundtrack to AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, instead found a home among Metamodern Sounds as well. A rafter-rattling, handclapping gospel call and response singalong that channels classic recordings made by the Stanley and Louvin Brothers, it’s uplifting even without the imminent threat of a zombie apocalypse. The musical experimentation and genre blending continue as the band dabbles in a bit of “analog dub step” on the seven-minute epic “It Ain’t All Flowers” before closing with the sparse, acoustic ballad “Pan Bowl” (bonus track), a deeply personal reflection on his childhood in Kentucky as the son of a coal miner’s daughter.

Rounding out the ten-song track listing are two fascinating choices in cover songs from opposite ends of the musical spectrum: Charlie Moore and Bill Napier’s bluegrass trucker tune “Long White Line,” a song that makes the album’s figurative journey a literal one as it chugs along with the rhythm of the road, and When in Rome’s 1988 single “The Promise,” which Simpson transforms from a New Wave dance hit to a tender country ballad. “There there were a lot of great compositions from that era that got lost in production,” Simpson says about his somewhat unusual choice in cover material. “I’ve always thought that the lyrics to ‘The Promise’ were really beautiful; the way we play the song now, a lot of people don’t even recognize it.”

Immediately recognizable, however, is Simpson’s portrait on the album cover, which 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.

Even with its numerous musical and literary influences, "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" is, in its soul, a love record. As Simpson states, “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.” With a new album and a child on the way, the 35-year old singer-songwriter, who describes himself as anxious to embrace change, is about to experience a lot of it. Critics may have dubbed Sturgill Simpson the savior of traditional country music, but that’s not a title he’s willing to embrace. Shrugging, he says, “I’m just trying to save myself.”

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Sturgill Simpson isn’t one to rest on his laurels, which is why, less than a year after the release of his critically acclaimed debut, "High Top Mountain," the singer-songwriter is coming out with his captivating and wholly unique sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, on May 13, 2014, through his own label, High Top Mountain Records. The album title – an allusion to Ray Charles’ groundbreaking 1962 record, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" -- hints at the psychedelic sounds found within, a departure from Simpson’s first album, which drew comparisons to the music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. “I think that there is a lot of room in country music for progression and sonic oscillation, which is what I wanted to explore.”

Where some artists find inspiration from other music, Simpson found his in books, devouring religious texts both ancient and modern, recent studies about discoveries in quantum physics and string theory, and publications by Carl Sagan and Terence McKenna. He also drew upon French filmmaker Gaspar Noe’s experimental drama Enter the Void as he created murky, multi-textured soundscapes that incorporate elements of classic country, bluegrass, rock, and even a bit of electronica, a genre that Simpson admits he has a “slight fetish” for.

Simpson reunited with High Top Mountain producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson) for Metamodern Sounds in Country Music; the pair has formed a strong friendship in addition to a solid in-studio partnership built on complete trust and the willingness to engage in creative musical experimentation. Working with a budget of only $4,000, Simpson and his road band – bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets, and drummer Miles Miller -- cut the entire record live to tape in four rare consecutive days off in the middle of a relentless tour schedule; nearly all of the songs were completed in two takes or fewer during these spur of the moment sessions. The result is an album that crackles with the raw energy of a concert.

Opening track “Turtles All the Way Down” was written after Simpson read Dr. Rick Strassman’s The Spirit Molecule, a book about the mystical encounters people have experienced under the influence of the hallucinogenic compound DMT. With this song, Simpson found the theme that would bind this unofficial concept record together: “Every time I take a look inside that old and fabled book/I’m blinded and reminded of the pain caused by some old man in the sky/Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, DMT, they all changed the way I see/But love’s the only thing that’s ever saved my life.”

“Life of Sin,” bolstered by twangy Telecaster, is reminiscent of a lost ‘70s outlaw country classic, and “Living the Dream” is its rebellious twin as Simpson spits, “I don’t have to do a goddamn thing except sit around and wait to die.”

The spiritual “A Little Light Within,” originally written for a companion soundtrack to AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, instead found a home among Metamodern Sounds as well. A rafter-rattling, handclapping gospel call and response singalong that channels classic recordings made by the Stanley and Louvin Brothers, it’s uplifting even without the imminent threat of a zombie apocalypse. The musical experimentation and genre blending continue as the band dabbles in a bit of “analog dub step” on the seven-minute epic “It Ain’t All Flowers” before closing with the sparse, acoustic ballad “Pan Bowl” (bonus track), a deeply personal reflection on his childhood in Kentucky as the son of a coal miner’s daughter.

Rounding out the ten-song track listing are two fascinating choices in cover songs from opposite ends of the musical spectrum: Charlie Moore and Bill Napier’s bluegrass trucker tune “Long White Line,” a song that makes the album’s figurative journey a literal one as it chugs along with the rhythm of the road, and When in Rome’s 1988 single “The Promise,” which Simpson transforms from a New Wave dance hit to a tender country ballad. “There there were a lot of great compositions from that era that got lost in production,” Simpson says about his somewhat unusual choice in cover material. “I’ve always thought that the lyrics to ‘The Promise’ were really beautiful; the way we play the song now, a lot of people don’t even recognize it.”

Immediately recognizable, however, is Simpson’s portrait on the album cover, which 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.

Even with its numerous musical and literary influences, "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" is, in its soul, a love record. As Simpson states, “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.” With a new album and a child on the way, the 35-year old singer-songwriter, who describes himself as anxious to embrace change, is about to experience a lot of it. Critics may have dubbed Sturgill Simpson the savior of traditional country music, but that’s not a title he’s willing to embrace. Shrugging, he says, “I’m just trying to save myself.”

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sturgill Simpson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sturgill Simpson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sturgill Simpson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sturgill Simpson?

    Booking fees for Sturgill Simpson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sturgill Simpson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sturgill Simpson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sturgill Simpson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sturgill Simpson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sturgill Simpson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sturgill Simpson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sturgill Simpson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sturgill Simpson for your event is available upon request. Sturgill Simpson generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Seth Alley, Chevel Shepherd, Tenille Townes, Cale Dodds and Jacob Davis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sturgill Simpson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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