Browsing articles tagged with " Sturgill Simpson"

Aaron Watson Talks Hitting #1 with “The Underdog”

February 25, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  81 Comments

“My name is Aaron Watson. I’m not played on country radio. And I have the #1 record in country music this week. I do exist.” This was Aaron Watson’s reaction to the comments of Sony Records Nashville CEO Gary Overton, who said earlier this week, “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.” But overall the Texas country star took a much more humble, appreciative, and inclusive tone.


Album Review – Aaron Watson’s “The Underdog”

February 17, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  48 Comments

Who would have thought a few years ago that in 2015, Aaron Watson, Aaron Watson, would be releasing one of the most-anticipated, and potentially most impactful albums in all of 2015 in country music? Oh it’s not that Watson hasn’t been setting country music fans in Texas, Oklahoma, and on the rodeo circuit ablaze for many years.


Steve Earle & Brandy Clark Talk Saving Country Music

February 15, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  33 Comments

Steve Earle says it wasn’t his politics that held him back from greater mainstream country success. It was more the oligarchy who was afraid of artists who call their own shots. Steve Earle is not the only one talking about saving country music lately. Brandy Clark amidst her Grammy Awards success said recently, “My name is said in the same breath as people like Kacey [Musgraves] and Sturgill Simpson, Ashley Monroe…


Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds” Reaches 100,000 in Sales

February 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  41 Comments

Tired of seeing Sturgill Simpson news? Well then tell it to stop happening. If you can fathom this, the Kentucky-born singer is currently experiencing a renewed increase in interest, even while in the more long-term perspective he continues a meteoric rise which could have big implications on the country music community at large.


A 57th Annual Grammy Awards Complete Preview

February 8, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  29 Comments

All you need to know about the 2015 Grammy Awards. Despite the country genre rising to become arguably the biggest genre in popular music right now, there’s just not a whole lot of country to be featured on the show this year. This year’s country performance slots are cut in half, with the only collaboration being between Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam.


“One Asshole at a Time.” Sturgill Simpson Stops Concert Fight

February 1, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  33 Comments

This week Sturgill Simpson embarked on a much-anticipated sold out American tour, and the third night of the tour saw him in his home state of Kentucky playing at the Madison Theater in Covington, just over the river from Cincinnati. The venue was filled to capacity, with little room for elbows or egos, and during Sturgill’s song “Sometimes Wine” a scuffle started in the crowd.


Austin City Limits Announces New Class to Hall of Fame

January 31, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

As the longest running music show on TV enters its 40th season, Austin City Limits has announced its second installment of inductees into its Hall of Fame founded in 2014. The original crew of the Austin City Limits show will also be honored as the 2015’s non-performing inductee. As part of the Hall of Fame announcement, more performers for season 41 were also revealed.


DJ’s Opening for Sturgill Simpson?!? A Chat with Electric Western

January 30, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  11 Comments

Sturgill Simpson’s current national tour has been selling out dates left and right, and has most everybody in country music talking about his continued meteoric rise. But something causing some fans quite a bit of curiosity was the inclusion of a DJ outfit called Electric Western to open some dates in the Midwest & the West Coast. Were Sturgill fans all of a sudden being asked to sit through EDM and hip-hop sets?


Sturgill Simpson’s Theater Tour is Selling Out Quickly

January 25, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  86 Comments

Get ‘em while the getting’s good because they’re about to be gone. That’s not a sales pitch, that’s the simple reality of Sturgill Simpson’s upcoming tour starting on 1/29. After going on a sold out club tour in the latter half of 2014, Sturgill’s next stint on the road sees him graduating to bigger clubs and many theaters to house the growing demand. But even with more capacity, many dates are selling out almost immediately.


Chris Stapleton’s Debut Album “Traveller” to Finally be Released

January 23, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  18 Comments

For years now, the long-awaited solo album from country music songwriter Chris Stapleton has been like the White Whale of albums to informed country music listeners who pay attention liner notes. Meanwhile other fans remember Stapleton from his days in the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. Beyond his songwriting, Stapleton’s solo sets are things of shiver-inducing magic.


John Mayer & Keith Urban Profess Their Love for Sturgill Simpson

January 21, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  52 Comments

The Sturgill Simpson love continues to pour in from different sectors of the music world, and now extends to songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, who is apparently “jealous” of the Kentucky-born country music performer. One of his biggest fans in mainstream country has been Keith Urban, and in a recent interview, when asked about Sturgill, Urban said “He’s the best.”


Sturgill Simpson Signs with Atlantic Records

January 15, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  69 Comments

Sturgill Simpson is now officially a major label artist. The Kentucky native who’s been making waves throughout country music over the last year with his award-winning album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music has signed to Atlantic Records, part of the Warner Music Group, and will release his next album currently being recorded through the major label.


Zac Brown Band Covers Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues” on College Gameday

January 13, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  55 Comments

As the college football consciousness of the country zoomed in on Arlington, TX and the first official National Championship game ever played at the collegiate level Monday night, Zac Brown Band was tapped as the entertainment for ESPN’s College Gameday presentation leading up to the big game. Zac Brown Band played Jason Isbell’s much-appreciated but fairly obscure song for fallen soldiers.


ACM’s Present a Sausage Fest for 2015 New Artist Award

January 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  36 Comments

The increasingly irrelevant Academy of Country Music Awards, or ACM’s, released their annual earache of ignoble pseudo-country performers known as the semi-final “New Artist” nominees this Monday, that spellbind any beholder with an even elementary understanding of the definitions of “New” and “Artist” as to how such names were populated.


Saving Country Music’s 2014 Artist of the Year

January 7, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  44 Comments

This isn’t going to be some long form praising of Sturgill Simpson’s work in 2014, or yet another rundown of his long list of successes last year. There’s already been plenty of that, arguably too much of it, and I am just as tired of writing about it as you are of reading of it. Yeah yeah, Sturgill Simpson’s great, but his name has become the independent country version of click bait.


Sturgill Simpson & Willie Nelson Ring in New Year at ACL

January 4, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  32 Comments

Where the last time Sturgill made a stop in Austin he was sporting a conversion van stenching of the road, now there was a big primary blue tour bus idling across the street. the gallery was packed by the time Sturgill took the stage. Tight and well-tuned from playing down-to-the-minute sets on tour with Zac Brown, Sturgill and the boys chewed through their songs like clockwork, with Simpson showing fire…


Saving Country Music’s 2014 Album of the Year

January 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  108 Comments

In 2014, you had two previously-unknown women release towers of country music brilliance in Tami Nelison’s Dynamite! and Karen Jonas’s Oklahoma Lottery. You had folk blues songwriter Charlie Parr deliver a masterpiece in his instrumental triumph in Hollandale. You had the Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit feature what very well would had been considered an Album of the Year on any other year…


The Biggest Stories of 2014

December 29, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  10 Comments

2014 was a year of great flux in country music. Where 2013 was dominated by public feuds and outcries by many country performers about the direction of the music, 2014 became the year things began to be done about many of the problems plaguing the genre. With Bro-Country as the battleground, the fight to return some balance to the country format began to make headway.


Saving Country Music Raises the Eyebrow of Ronnie Dunn

December 29, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  36 Comments

It’s not every day you get trolled by a CMA Entertainer of the Year winner, but that’s what Saving Country Music found itself experiencing Sunday night (12-28) when Ronnie Dunn took to his always colorful Facebook page to post links and commentary to recent stories on SCM about his involvement (or non involvement) with the new Cumulus Media/Big Machine Records’ joint venture called NASH Icon.


Saving Country Music’s Best Videos of 2014

December 19, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  34 Comments

From crude videos taken on somebody’s phone, to full production videos with scripts and actors and sets, to animated shorts and everything in between, you never know what’s going to capture the imagination and become the perfect compliment to a song in the visual form. what breaks through the crush of visual material to be called the best in 2014?

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