John Sturgill Simpson born June 8,   is an American country music singer-songwriter and actor. Simpson was born in Jackson , Breathitt County , Kentucky. Simpson says of his educational career that he was "not a great student". He only "barely graduated" from Woodford High, enlisting in the United States Navy in his senior year. Setting his musical ambitions aside, Simpson focused on building a career at a Salt Lake City railroad freight-shipping yard for Union Pacific Railroad , which he eventually ended up managing. He credits his wife and friends with changing what he characterized as a hobbyist focus on songwriting and playing to convincing him to get serious about music as a potential career. The band toured and made an album. He and his wife moved to Nashville when the group disbanded in After going solo, Simpson released his debut album High Top Mountain in , which he self-funded, self-released, and had cut in Nashville    before signing to British independent label Loose ,  who released the album in Europe in Among the session musicians were Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano and Robby Turner , a former guitarist for Waylon Jennings , on steel guitar.
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“Long White Line”
Two years ago, the Nashville disrupter won a Grammy and a new kind of country music stardom. Then he realized he wanted something different. Sturgill Simpson on his wooded property in Tennessee. By Jon Caramanica.