Sturgill Simpson Marks the 10th Anniversary of “Metamodern Sounds”


Sturgill Simpson is releasing a 10th Anniversary edition of his landmark and iconic breakout album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Originally released on May 13th, 2014, the album is given credit for turning the tide in country music by striking the perfect balance between traditionalism and evolution, and lighting the spark for the independent country insurgency we enjoy today.

Metamodern Sounds had Keith Urban wearing a Sturgill Simpson shirt on American Idol. It very directly influenced Chris Stapleton to record his landmark album Traveller live with his own band just like Sturgill. It launched Dave Cobb into the stratosphere as a producer. It also went on to be named the #1 album of the decade (2010-2019) by Saving Country Music.

The new edition of Metamodern Sounds will be released on May 10th, and features a limited edition black cover with a skeleton on the front. It is accompanied by a new line of merch as well.

Some Sturgill Simpson fans overhyped themselves into believing there may be new music coming from the reclusive and often mercurial songwriter and actor after a “Coming Soon” message appeared on his website recently. This came after some folks used the occasion of April Fools Day to forward the idea new music was coming from the Kentucky native.

But Sturgill stated quite plainly that his last album The Ballad of Dood and Juanita (2021) would be his final original album as a solo artist, fulfilling a five album commitment he made to himself. Simpson has left open the door of perhaps forming a band in the future, and has collaborated with other artists since. He also occasionally produces albums, though that output has been spotty over the last few years.

The big revelation of surprise new music on Friday, April 5th ended up being Oklahoma songwriter John Moreland, who released a new album called Visitor. It finds Moreland returning to more organic sounds, songs, and production indicative of his early career after adopting heavily electronic production on his last two albums (review coming).

Meanwhile, Sturgill Simpson continues to dabble in acting, appearing in Martin Scorsese’s latest film Killers of the Flower Moon in 2023, as well as the science fiction film The Creator. He also appeared in the HBO-based series Righteous Gemstones in 2023.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is now available for pre-order.

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