John Sturgill Simpson (born June 8, 1978) is an American country music and roots rock singer-songwriter. He has released two albums independently, High Top Mountain in 2013 and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. The latter album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, was listed 18th on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2014,” and was also named among NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2014. His third studio album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, was released on April 15, 2016 by Atlantic Records.
Simpson was born in Jackson, Kentucky a small town in Breathitt County in southeast Kentucky. He is the son of a secretary and a state policeman who formerly worked undercover narcotics. Due to his father’s work, Simpson’s family moved to Versailles, outside Lexington, where Simpson graduated from Woodford County High School.
Simpson’s mother’s family were coal miners. After three years in the United States Navy, Simpson spent time in Japan and then moved back to Lexington.