Simpson places third on Billboard
Sunday, April 24, 2016
– Sturgill Simpson, who stretches behind his country/Americana sounds with "Sailor's Guide to Earth," will have the number three disc on the Billboard charts when it is out on Tuesday.
Simpson moved 55,000 units including 52,000 in pure albums sales.
Chris Stapleton is seventh with " Traveller," which sold 37,000 units, down 22 percent.
Following Prince's death on April 21, his "The Very Best of Prince " and "Purple Rain" soundtrack were first and second with 179,000 equivalent album units (up 10,872 percent) and 69,000 units (up 2,540 percent), respectively for the week ending April 21.
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A Soldier's Guide to Earth
If scratching your head about the sounds emanating from Sturgill Simpson's third release, then "It Ain't All Flowers" from his last release, the excellent "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," ought to serve as a reference point. In a disc filled with traditional country sounds, "Flowers" was about as far away as one could get with the electronics sounding so completely disjointed from everything else on the release. Put it this way - " Islands" »»»
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
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.
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High Top Mountain
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.
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