A relative surprise for the music community, Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth has been nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album for the 2017 Grammy Awards.
“Joining Bon Iver and Beck in the Grammys’ recent ranks of major left-field picks this year is Sturgill Simpson, a Kentucky-born singer-songwriter whose kaleidoscopic country tour du force A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is unexpectedly up for Album of the Year.
Simpson is a part of the country world, but he’s not exactly part of its establishment. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — which dropped April 15 on Atlantic — draws from obvious non-country sources far more than what’s heard on country radio or lauded in the genre’s award shows. He’s a singer-songwriter at heart, and that appeal gives Simpson a legitimate shot at scoring top honors at this year’s awards. Views, Purpose, Lemonade and 25 dominated the discussion and the marketplace, but that means they’ll also be vying for the attention of many like-minded Grammy voters.”
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