"With Metamodern, Sturgill Simpson has created something genuinely peculiar but astonishingly compelling. The sound of a search for love through the vales of drugs, drink, hard living and old time religion still belongs to a voice with a Southern drawl and to a sound laced with twang. The best of Country has always been wonderfully bizarre; Sturgill Simpson fits right in."
"The groove Simpson finds with his band is loose and immediate. At times the playing gets almost psychedelic. At other times players circle back on old styles like Southern gospel and do them right. At the center of it all is Simpson, a hot guitar player and mighty singer whose insistence on being complicated makes Metamodern Sounds far richer than most emerging artists’ wrestling matches with tradition.”
".. this is a powerhouse album where the boldest lyrical ideas are steeped in old-school sounds — "
"…Sturgill plays serious hard-boiled country in the Bakersfield vein of Haggard and Owens, with a double shot of bluegrass-style hot-shit picking and a 21st century attitude."
".. few transcendent troubadours at SXSW seemed more comfortable in their blue jeans than country outsider Sturgill Simpson, whose powerful honky-tonk tunes were inspired by life on the road and the Tibetan Book of the Dead."
"Simpson has the kind of badass baritone that air-brushed beefcake contemporary country stars dream about."
"In a world of crossover country artists dominating the charts, Sturgill Simpson is the last true cowboy. "
"Sounds Like: Merle Haggard with a stack of books on cosmology and metaphysics."
"Gig inside a church, I can’t decide whether to dance, or kneel or die"
“Sturgill writes and sings songs exactly as a man named Sturgill should,” Isbell says. “He’s the genuine article, and his work reminds me of the country music I fell in love with as a kid: ornery, smart, and soulful.””
“This Kentucky-bred, Nashville-based honky-tonk hero makes country music rooted in the lean, mean traditions of Merle and Waylon, but follows his own muse.”