Sturgill Simpson to headline Outside Lands, first full show in three years

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Sturgill Simpson will headline this year's Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This event marks the Grammy Award-winner’s first full show in three years. For his performance, Simpson will reunite with bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets, and drummer Miles Miller. The festival is scheduled for August 9-11, and tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 AM PT. Tickets can be purchased exclusively at

The announcement of Simpson's performance comes after the recent confirmation that his landmark 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, will be reissued on May 10 in celebration of its ten-year anniversary. Originally released on May 13, 2014, the album marked a significant breakthrough in Simpson's career and significantly impacted the country music genre. The special edition will feature a fully reimagined album cover and vinyl package, pressed on 180g Black Vinyl with an “Old-Style” Tip-On Jacket. Full details are available at

Metamodern Sounds In Country Music ushered in a new chapter within country music, paving the way for numerous outsider artists to advance the genre. NPR Music described the album as "one of the few albums in 2014 that nearly everyone on the team agreed was pure genius." No Depression hailed it as "a breakthrough not only for the artist himself but also for country’s continuing horizons as a progressive yet rooted musical form." Moreover, American Songwriter lauded Simpson, calling him "the genre’s poet laureate," and commended him for bringing nuance back to a genre that desperately needed it.

The album received extensive critical acclaim and was named one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Country Albums of All Time” in 2022. The New York Times praised it as "one of the most jolting country albums in recent memory," and Stereogum labeled it "one of this young century’s best traditionalist country records." Following its release, Simpson appeared on major television shows including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” He was also featured on the BBC’s “Later Live with Jools Holland” and NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert.”