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Simpson lives the dream even more

Monday, July 20, 2015 – Sturgill Simpson's "Living The Dream" fall tour will extend through November, including two nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium plus shows in Atlanta, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego, he announced today.

Previously announced tour stops, including Asheville, N.C., Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC and Baltimore, had ended Oct. 11. Tickets for the second leg of the tour go on - sale this Friday, July 24.

The fall tour celebrates Sturgill's well-received 2014 release, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music."

The Americana Association recently nominated him in three categories at their 2015 Honors & Awards - "Artist of the Year," "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" (for "Turtles All The Way Down"). Sturgill's guitarist, Laur Joamets, was also nominated for "Instrumentalist of the Year." Sturgill won "Emerging Artist of the Year" at last year's awards.

Produced by Dave Cobb, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" was recorded live-to-tape at Nashville's LCS studio over 4 days in late 2013. "Myriad worldly offerings - religion, drugs, and more - all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty," he said. "That's what this record is about."

Tour dates are:
July 24 - Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang *
July 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
July 26 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE *
July 30 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavillion *
July 31 - Chicago, IL - Metro (Sold out)
Aug. 1 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Aug. 2 - Indianapolis, IN - White River State Park *
Aug. 14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
Aug. 15 - Oslo, Norway - The Oya Festival
Aug. 18 - Edinburgh, U.K. - Liquid Rooms
Aug. 19 - Leeds, U.K. - Brudenell Social Club
Aug. 20 - London, U.K. - Islington Assembly Hall
Aug. 22 - Wales, U.K. - Green Man
Aug. 24 - Groningen, Netherlands - Noorderzon Festival
Aug. 25 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Grote Zaal
Aug. 27 - Tonder, Denmark - Tonder Festival
Aug. 29 - Helsinki, Finland - Helsinki Festival
Sept. 6 - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre %
Sept. 7 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair - Grandstand %
Sept. 12 - Maryville, TN - The Shed (Sold out)
Sept. 13 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Sept. 15 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Sept. 16 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater (Sold out)
Sept. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Sept. 19 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Sept. 20 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom (On sale July 24)
Sept. 23-24 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre (Second show added)
Sept. 25 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Sept. 26 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling Festival
Oct. 2-4 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 9-11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 15 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater $ (On sale July 24)
Oct. 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle (On sale July 24)
Oct. 30-31 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (On sale July 24)
Nov. 5 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre (On sale July 24)
Nov. 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex (On sale July 24)
Nov. 10 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House (On sale July 24)
Nov. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre (On sale July 24)
Nov. 13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo (On sale July 24)
Nov. 14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (On sale July 24)
Nov. 15 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre (On sale July 24)
Nov. 18 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater (On sale July 24)
Nov. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theater at Ace Hotel (On sale July 24)
Nov. 22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park (On sale July 24)

* appearing with Old Crow Medicine Show
% appearing with Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson
$ appearing with Jason Isbell

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The first time you hear Sturgill sing you may feel like you've heard a ghost - the ghost of Waylon Jennings, that is. Although his voice isn't as low as Jennings' was, it's nevertheless still in the same general vocal range ballpark. Better still, the Kentucky native sings wonderfully honest country songs. "Life of Sin," for instance, is a song about, well, sinning, which is really some of what great country is all about. Yes, most of this album will do a »»»
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There's not a whole lot of traditional troubadours around these days. Old school may still be appreciated, but when it comes to country crossovers and reaching the masses, it's roots rock, alt.-country and Americana that hold the upper hand. Which makes it surprising in a way that newcomer Sturgill Simpson should sound like such a, well, old-timer. Hell, even his name resembles the kind of handle aptly suited to a country crooner. It's little wonder then that his debut disc, »»»