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Re: “15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Agreed LMYERS.

I'm excited to see Sturgill at the top of the poll, but the author's take sort of sucks. Instead of focusing on the bad writing above, though, I'll say why I like Sturgill so much.

Every song that he writes is full of depth and thought. They're not cooked up, and I can actually tell that his experience is being poured into his songs. For example, when I hear his song Panbowl, where he sings about his favorite times of his childhood at Panbowl, which is presumable a lake town that his family lived around, I can't help but fell where he's coming from while simultaneously thinking back to my own experiences in a truly meaningful and unprecedented way.

Further, his ability to cover a song has to be unrivaled. He made The Promise into something that I barely recognized, but instantly couldn't get enough of.

At the end of the day, you're either an Elvis (soul) or Beatles (pop) guy. Sturgill's all soul, which is why I can't get enough.

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Posted by JTB on 01/24/2015 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Critics' Poll topper Sturgill Simpson on his breakthrough year and his breakthrough album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Was so glad to have Sturgill play our Gram InterNational at Douglas Corner when I still could, in 2011.

Posted by GramInternational on 01/24/2015 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Results of the 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Poor year for country music overall. This year should be much better

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Posted by Ablity Mouwon on 01/24/2015 at 2:07 AM

Re: “The Comments: 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

"What you are suggesting is that there should be no interpretation or analysis of a work by critics. "

No, what I very clearly stated is that a critic's response to the work should be based on the work itself, not addressing ones disagreement with other critics directly to the artist as if that artist himself had suggested he was "the second coming" of anything.

It's a pretty simple and clear distinction which seems beyond your grasp somehow.

Posted by just sayin' on 01/23/2015 at 1:22 AM

Re: “The Comments: 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

When a writer says that "someone backward-tracked cymbals, sang about 'shrooms, threw on some twang" it has a very specific meaning, not just that "country rock existed". Still waiting for an example, just one track.

That you can call, Asleep at the Wheel or the Gosdin Brothers, for example, "psychedelic country-rock" is pretty fucking hysterical, and pretty much says it all.

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Posted by just sayin' on 01/23/2015 at 1:08 AM

Re: “The Comments: 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Sorry, Margolis' comment on Simpson. Plus, Just Sayin', who *made* the record?The critics, or Sturgill? So your fallacy would be that you seem to think Sturgill is not proud of his work or does not feel that it is the best he could do. Not ambitious. If a writer wants to blame someone for a work the writer feels is not really as good as it purports to be, whom does the writer blame? The artist himself. What you are suggesting is that there should be no interpretation or analysis of a work by critics. Fair enough, remove the critics from the equation and we are back to where Margolis seems to be--blaming the artist, whose work now exists in a kind of vacuum.

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Posted by edd on 01/23/2015 at 12:43 AM

Re: “The Comments: 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Yeah, all of the records I listed. I think you are taking Simpson's comment a bit literally. He means that country-rock has existed since about 1965. He's right.

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Posted by edd on 01/23/2015 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Critics' Poll topper Sturgill Simpson on his breakthrough year and his breakthrough album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Saw Sturgil at 4 Zac Brown Band shows. Now I have tickets to 4 Sturgil Simpson shows. The dude is pure! He is authentic! And, Little Joe can kill a guitar.

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Posted by Catwomanclark63 on 01/22/2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Critics' Poll topper Sturgill Simpson on his breakthrough year and his breakthrough album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Saw Sturgil at 4 Zac Brown Band shows. Now I have tickets to 4 Sturgil Simpson shows. The dude is amazing!!!

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Posted by Catwomanclark63 on 01/22/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Critics' Poll topper Sturgill Simpson on his breakthrough year and his breakthrough album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

"To me, the whole thing is about love, and trying to find something — whatever it may be — that makes everybody want to wake up in the day and be a better human being."

amen to that. Sturgill Simpson is a class act and one hell of a creative and talented artist. just keep making the records you want to make, Sturgill, and I'll keep listening.

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Posted by Doyle on 01/22/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The Comments: 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Impressively wacky list of records, most of which I know very well, thanks, but it has nothing to do with my post. Got a single example that actually fits the writers description?

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Posted by just sayin' on 01/22/2015 at 5:16 PM

Re: “15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

I also doubt there is any Radio Resistance to Sturgill Simpson?? Wouldn't that mean he had been pitched to radio already?? I'll go on record as predicting that his first single released by Atlantic in the Country Genre will be a No. 1! He's going to have a much bigger career than Dwight Yokum because I don't think tight pants are going to be Sturgill's biggest asset! Pun Intended! lol

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Posted by Lmyers on 01/22/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Wow - what a questionable take on Sturgill Simpson. Starting off by saying that the song - "Turtles All the Way Down" contains "witty" lyrics leads me believe you have no idea what that philosophical song is all about. Moving on to "but he's getting over primarily on the strength of his uncanny, re-contextualized Waylon Jennings impersonation" - Seriously? Impersonation? That is so wrong that it devalues the entire article and I stopped reading after the Simpson part. Sturgill may sound a bit like Waylon or Keith Whitley, but he is nowhere near an impersonator!! Intelligence and Talent like Sturgill need not Impersonate! And further saying "that he relies primarily on a great voice to throw new light on Hillbilly music" is yet another reason for me to question if you've done your Homework on Sturgill or are just flying by the seat of your pants here?? While he has a GREAT voice, he also writes profound timeless lyrics and plays badass guitar! He set out to write a modern country album that sounded like true country music and I would say he was more than successful, but you touched on NONE of the true reasons for that success.

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Posted by Lmyers on 01/22/2015 at 3:57 PM

Re: “The Comments: 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Just Sayin', there are ten zillion psychedelic country-rock records. The Flying Burrito Brothers' first album, all the Moby Geape albums, all the Byrds records. Jack Clement's 1978 album. The first 2 Mike Nesmith albums. The Move's "Shazam." Commander Cody, Doug Sahm, Greezy Wheels, Brinsley Schwarz' first record. Asleep at the Wheel, Mac Gayden, Great Speckled Bird, Norman Greenbaum, Caroline Peyton's "Intuition," Linda Perhacs, the Gosdin Brothers, Bill Wilson. Just off the top of my head.

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Posted by edd on 01/22/2015 at 2:09 PM
Posted by Denise Appleton Saumty on 01/22/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Love Miranda, Lee Ann, Sturgill and Angaleena's albums. Doesn't really matter the order but for Miranda to sell as many albums as she does w/ songs of substance is really a triumph. It is one thing to create and perform great original songs but another to actually craft them in a way to appeal to the masses. Lambert has been doing that since even before radio gave her any attention (finally w/ Revolution radio came aboard). She had platinum album w/o radio- very hard thing to achieve! Anyway now if we could just give radio a good kick and play more ladies. It is getting ridiculous that they play so many male artists' songs, especially since many, many sound the same. Also luv Lee Ann Womack making a grand comeback after all these years. So glad to see her music getting a spotlight on it.

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Posted by Heather on 01/22/2015 at 1:10 PM
Posted by Sidney Pye on 01/22/2015 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Best New Artist Angaleena Presley on why she'd rather make history than make money

I like Angaleena but the Pistol Annies didn't open the door- Miranda Lambert did! Miranda had been writing her own songs and they had been hits w/ critics and fans. She has now done it for a decade. Her success in writing her own albums (first 3 wrote almost every songs)trailblazed the way. Her success made the Pistol Annies possible. All of the three of ya definitely made great music and success but no way would you have got the music deals before Miranda back ya. After the Pistol Annies success Ash and Ang were FINALLY given deals. Thank Goodness for that b/c Angaleena and Ashley were great voices needed to be heard. In 2011 after the Pistol success it definitely helped Kacey and Brandy, etc but lets not forget all that Miranda Lambert has done for women in country. I believe it is not talked about enough.

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Posted by Vanessa on 01/22/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Best New Artist Angaleena Presley on why she'd rather make history than make money

Actually Miranda's album has been selling great. Only Jason Aldean, Eric Church have sold more albums (that is for albums that came out in 2014).

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Posted by Leigh on 01/22/2015 at 12:25 PM
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