Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sturgill Has the Sound of Science; ALAN NICHOL Brings You the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene in the Region

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sturgill Has the Sound of Science; ALAN NICHOL Brings You the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene in the Region

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Byline: ALAN NICHOL

COUNTRY singer Sturgill Simpson is probably a new name to most people over here but the man from Jackson, Kentucky, looks set to join the country music pantheon even though he may ruffle a conventional feather or two along the way. Admittedly, there have been any number of talented individuals whose star has burned brightly before either disappearing altogether or being seduced by the mainstream. Simpson, however, brings a new take on the form that some observers have dubbed 'country meets Radiohead.' .' The evidence to date shows that Simpson has made a deep impression with his two solo albums after leaving the bluegrass-leaning band Sunday Valley, which he formed in 2004.Simpson opted for a solo path in 2012 and released the album High Top Mountain to sigMountain to sig T - nificant critical acclaim. The follow-up, this year's Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (Loose Records), is testimony to his skill at adapting the old 'outlaw-country' style of people like Waylon Jennings and giving it a thoroughly modern twist. The album's title is a reference to Ray Charles's defining album Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music of 50 years ago. What sets Simpson apart is a lyrical approach which frequently takes on themes that are quite alien to those typical in the genre. While his voice is categorically country, his writing is strongly influenced by writers like Carl Sagan, Aldous Huxley, Stephen Hawking and DNA pioneer FranNA pioneer Fran N - cis Crick, all of whom are namechecked on the new record inlay booklet. Sturgill Simpson's sound is adventurous, with a cracking lead guitarist, Estonian Laur Joamets ("Little Joe"), to the fore but there is a neo-psychedelic feel provided by the addition of keyboards/mellotron and classical guitar. All of which makes it the best country album I have heard in along time. Honky Tonk T Angels at the Doors of Perception, perhaps! Joining Sturgill Simpson and his band on Monday night in the Sage's Hall Two is Glasgow's is Glasgow's T country crew, Daniel Meade Band. The same venue has, on Thursday night, a visit from one of the folk scene's most credible and best-connected performers of the last 60 years. …

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