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Sturgill Simpson coming to Mercury Ballroom in January
You can consider it a homecoming for Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson. Today it was announced that Sturgill will be playing at Louisville’s Mercury Ballroom on January 30, 2015. Tickets for the event go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 am.
Sturgill Simpson was born deep in the hills of southeast Kentucky in the town of Jackson. He would move to Versailles, which is also home of country music legend, John Conlee. Before a stint out in Utah, he would move to Nashville at the push of his wife who said he could make a living writing songs that the listener could relate to.
Sturgill Simpson’s music is described as, “a mesmerizing and bewildering mix of traditional country and contemporary philosophy. His fiery guitar skills back-up his forceful voice and presents a rock-infused country. His music honors a late 70’s country flavor and is built around a small versatile band and Simpson’s resonant, hackle-raising baritone.”
He has been compared to Waylon Jennings vocally on and off stage. Recently, Sturgill has appeared on late night television shows including Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and Conan O’Brien. Not too bad for a young lad from Kentucky.
His latest album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, has garnered attention by fans that want that soulful traditional country music with substance. He goes deeper with mixing in physics and evolution to talk about the real meaning of life.
Be sure to check out Sturgill Simpson at Mercury Ballroom. Tickets are $17 plus service charges and available online at www.mercuryballroom.com or at the Louisville Palace Box Office. The show starts at 8PM, doors open at 7pm and it is ALL ages.
Be sure to check out www.sturgillsimpson.com and learn more about this modern day poet in the world of country music.