The country artist is famous for his marvelous releases. He is one of the best country and roots-rock songwriter. Simpson has released three solo albums and one of them has been nominated for a Grammy Award for best Americana album. There is a lot more to know about this rising star; continue reading to know the things about Sturgill Simpson that you didn’t know before.
He was a police officer
Sturgill’s mother was a secretary and his father was a police officer by profession. He joined his father as an undercover narcotics officer and later became a state police officer. However, when the family relocated to Versailles, Simpson left the job and attended Woodford Country High School.
Sturgill formed his first band in 2004 by the name of “Sunday Valley.” The band got prominence in no time. But something unknown happened and Simpson took a break from music. He went to Salt Lake City where he performed a duty at Union Pacific Railroad and became a manager. However, his job didn’t last long and he went back to music.
The role of his wife: According to Sturgill, his wife was among those who convinced him to quit the job at the railroad and encouraged to pursue a career in music. He returned to Sunday Valley and eventually to a solo career.
He paid for his own album
When Sturgill launched thought to launch his own album; there was no label that could help him to release his album. The young artist managed to pay on his own for the release of his first solo album High Top Mountain in 2013. After the success of his first album, an independent British label “Loose” helped him to launch his second album in Europe.
His best album
Sturgill’s album “A Sailor’s guide to Earth” is his best album so far. The album was placed at no. 26 in Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2016. Moreover, the singer also got a Grammy nomination for the said album in 2016.
High Top Mountain
This album was released under “Loose” label. He named this album after a cemetery where many of the singer’s family members are buried. That is why he named his album “Top High Mountain” to pay a tribute to his dead family members.
He finished his second album in short time
Sturgill’s second album is considered as one of his best albums. You might surprise to learn that the singer took just five and a half days to mix record and album. Moreover, it only took $ 4,000 to make this album which proves that it consumed less time as well as less money to make this album.