Last year’s list was dominated by Jason Isbell. This year it is Sturgill Simpson’s turn. Here’s Tank with our foreword.
Flat out in all categories, Sturgill Simpson has captured my soul in ways I didn’t think were possible any more. It’s so hard for me to compare things like art and music to say what is my “favorite”, but I’m giving him the nod here because a) he’s not in my immediate listening circles, b) there’s an energy about him that makes you want to go lose your voice at his shows c) his music has made my friends go out and see music with me all over the state. In no way can I say he’s better than people I love and respect. But I can say that he released a fresh album, he’s a damn hard worker, and he invigorating fans and musicians alike. We should all strive to do that. – Ryan “Tank” Hargrave
It’s been another great year for music all around. Here are the records, songs, acts and scenes that shaped our 2014.
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. It should come as no surprise that Simpson’s sophomore effort tops my list of favorites of the year. His debut record graced this list last year. He took the momentum of that first record, slapped it into a 4-day studio visit and delivered the finest record of the year in any genre. Lyrics, sounds, themes and tones combine together to create … Keep Reading