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Sturgill Simpson: "Sometimes I have to sit down and comprehend what's happened"

Having recorded an extraordinary album this year, the singer-songwriter continues his late-career rise from virtual unknown to almost chart topper

Sturgill Simpson is one of Nashville’s biggest success stories of late. In the space of three years the 38-year-old has risen from independent singer-songwriter to major-label hot property, remapping the frontiers of country music with a visionary mix of outlaw twang, psychedelic R&B and rootsy soul. Not to mention, as on 2014’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, a pinch of cosmology. This year he peaked with the extraordinary album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.

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