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Bob Hoffnar


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Post  Posted 23 Aug 2015 10:04 pm    
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A buddy of mine made me listen to Sturgill Simpson. He is sorta amazing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvnXiG0zhyM

This one is oddly beautiful and compelling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gBV-Nzq7Pg

The guy has got something special. I had heard the name but never bothered to really listen before.
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Tom Quinn


Post  Posted 24 Aug 2015 4:14 am    
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Guy has it in spades...
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Dustin Rhodes


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Post  Posted 24 Aug 2015 12:08 pm    
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See other thread. Can't be country, his band doesn't have a steel player. Wink
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Bob Hoffnar


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Post  Posted 27 Aug 2015 11:25 am    
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There is plenty of Robbie Turner on one of the CDs.
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Chris Walke

 

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Post  Posted 28 Aug 2015 11:09 am    
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Sturgill's High Top Mountain album is loaded with fantastic pedal steel. And fantastic songs.

That's Robbie Turner? I don't know who because I got the album on iTunes, so no liner notes. There oughta be a law that says liner notes MUST be included with downloads.
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Chris Walke

 

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Post  Posted 28 Aug 2015 11:12 am    
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Dustin Rhodes wrote:
See other thread. Can't be country, his band doesn't have a steel player. Wink


Ha! Just read that thread. Sturgill has a killer lead player, and Sturgill himself is no slouch of a flatpicker.
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Dustin Rhodes


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Post  Posted 28 Aug 2015 12:17 pm    
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Bob Hoffnar wrote:
There is plenty of Robbie Turner on one of the CDs.


Yeah playing is great too. On tour though to my knowledge they're just a 4 piece. And yeah his lead player is probably the baddest croation chicken picker ever.
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Tonu Timm


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Post  Posted 28 Aug 2015 1:12 pm    
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Lead player is a friend of mine from Estonia:) He's really great, but too bad he pushed aside a steel player. That guitar guy (Laur Joamets) can imitate PSG sounds on his Tele thought.
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 30 Aug 2015 9:03 am    
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Bob, Thanks for the heads up, am loving him already and love the lead guitarist.

Check this one out too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNV16tz1NK0
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Post  Posted 4 Sep 2015 6:51 am    
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Tonu Timm wrote:
Lead player is a friend of mine from Estonia:) He's really great, but too bad he pushed aside a steel player. That guitar guy (Laur Joamets) can imitate PSG sounds on his Tele thought.


For some reason I thought he was Croatia. I was way off.
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Tonu Timm


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Post  Posted 4 Sep 2015 7:14 am    
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The guy in this youtube video isn't estonian Laur ''Little Joe'' Joamets, maybe in the past there was a Croatian guitarist too:)
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Jamie Mitchell

 

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Post  Posted 4 Sep 2015 8:50 pm    
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i love his song about DMT!
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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 8 Sep 2015 9:11 am    
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Hag seems to like him..
http://theboot.com/merle-haggard-sturgill-simpson-modern-country-music-crap/
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 8 Sep 2015 2:02 pm    
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I just got his (Sturgill's) last two albums, really great!

I love the Hag too!
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Jacek Jakubek


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2020 12:37 pm    
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Check out this full concert from 2007 of Sturgill Simpson with his band "Sunday Valley," before he went solo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyYoC1CjFGw

What an awesome band! I've watched this show a few times and can't get enough. This is country music the way I like it. Even if there's no steel, it's so good you don't even miss the steel.

What I really love, and which I miss in Sturgill's later albums, great as they are, is this bass player in this show and his harmony singing. It's awesome! This kind of harmony singing is what makes me love country music (that and steel guitar, of course). It's very important to the sound. It reminds a bit of Ralph Stanley 's harmony singing. Anyone know who this bass player is and if he can be heard in any other bands or records?

My favorite song from this show is "BBC Blues" which starts at 06:22. It doesn't get better than that! (OK, maybe if you had Mooney on steel in could be a bit better Smile)

Enjoy!
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 28 Feb 2020 6:34 pm     Sturgill Simpson Ain't Country!
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Look at any country chart and you'll never see Sturgill Simpson or other artists like him. That's because this kind of music isn't considered country by modern standards.

However, if you start examining music in the Americana genre, you'll find this music all over.

Somebody's done changed the country brand and country ain't country no mo'.
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Martin Abend


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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2020 3:05 am    
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Well, I really used to like him but he's kinda somewhere else by now.
https://youtu.be/8qX02AW48bM
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Dennis Brion

 

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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2020 4:30 am    
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Just watched "I never go around mirrors" on you tube great version, guitar player
plays slide guitar perfectly, and Sturgil sings it great!
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Jacek Jakubek


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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2020 4:27 pm    
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Martin Abend wrote:
Well, I really used to like him but he's kinda somewhere else by now.
https://youtu.be/8qX02AW48bM

That's understandable. He changed his sound to heavy rock on his last album. But to be fair, it sounds like very good heavy rock (to my ears.)

You could hear the heavy rock influence in his music even before his well known country stuff, so it was probably a matter of time before he went all-out heavy rock.

Check out this song from his band "Sunday Valley" from 2011, before his well known country albums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU19dWpeWTg
That is some pretty hard rocking stuff. To me, it doesn't get any better for that kind of hard-driving heavy blues-rock.

But yeah, I miss the acoustic guitar sound, too. Maybe we'll see some more of the acoustic stuff on future albums.
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Curt Trisko


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2020 2:50 pm    
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He's been a moving target ever since I started listening to him. Every album pivots from the last... which is also funny in a way because his distinctive singing stays the same throughout.

I saw him open for Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at the MN State Fair the summer before Merle passed away. He opened his set by having a member of his band walk out on stage by himself and play a theremin. The man is simultaneously "what you see is what you get" and also constantly surprising you and keeping you guessing.

He sold out a medium-sized venue here in a few weeks and added another show the next night. Cody Jinks sold out the same place last month. It's nothing to scoff at.
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Darrell Criswell

 

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Post  Posted 19 Mar 2020 5:04 pm    
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Funny did anyone else notice that one of his albums has a picture of him where he looks like he is trying to imitate Nathan Bedford Forrest.

I read a bit about him and what I gathered is this must be a coincidence as he doesn't seem sentimental to the "Wizard of the Saddle", nor am I.
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Curt Trisko


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Post  Posted 21 Mar 2020 4:24 pm    
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Darrell Criswell wrote:
Funny did anyone else notice that one of his albums has a picture of him where he looks like he is trying to imitate Nathan Bedford Forrest.

I read a bit about him and what I gathered is this must be a coincidence as he doesn't seem sentimental to the "Wizard of the Saddle", nor am I.


I didn't pick up that, but it's a hallmark of good cover art if it can invoke things for different people that have a world of personal meaning on their own. Sturgill Simpson doesn't beat on the white supremacy drum. My view on him is that he prefers to sit back and sample different cultural scenes that he thinks have something special going on... as opposed to championing any specific one. AKA he's a type of hipster.
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Darrell Criswell

 

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Post  Posted 21 Mar 2020 6:57 pm    
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Here is the cover where he looks like NBF.

https://i.pinimg.com/236x/5d/38/97/5d389741f6441724647a45699a1f2ca8--sturgill-simpson-worst-album-covers.jpg
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