Sturgill Simpson, whose independently released album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain) was released in May 2014, has signed a major label deal with Atlantic Records, his publicist has confirmed.
The 2014 release landed Simpson praise from several outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Garden & Gun, and The Washington Post. He was also honored with the Emerging Act of the Year title at the Americana Music Association’s awards show in 2014.
Simpson made the major label signing announcement by uploading to social media a photo of a record with both the singer’s name and the label’s logo, accompanied by a list of legendary artists who have recorded for the label, including Otis Redding, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, and The Velvet Underground.
The signing is the latest in what is already an accolade-filled start to 2015 for Simpson. He landed a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album for Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and is set to perform at several festivals, including Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, and Coachella this year.
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