Sturgill Simpson has joined the big leagues, inking a deal with Atlantic Records.
Grammy-nominated Sturgill Simpson has risen from unknown to respected and critically-acclaimed in just a couple short years. A honky tonk traditionalist in the mold of Waylon Jennings, Simpson's latest album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music is approaching 100k copies sold without the benefit of any sort of radio airplay and combined with his first album, 2013 mighty-fine High Top Mountain, the singer has sold around 130k copies of albums. Metamodern Sounds In Country Music is nominated for Americana/Roots Album of the Year at February's Grammy Awards.
After recording his albums with respected producer Dave Cobb in Nashville and releasing the recordings via his own label High Top Mountain Records (with distribution and marketing support from Thirty Tigers), the move to Atlantic Records could've meant that he'd lose autonomy towards releasing his own music yet instead the label is going to allow Simpson to be himself and to retain control of the recording process, according to sources for Saving Country Music (who broke the news of the label deal linked above).
What do you think? Do you like Sturgill Simpson?