Modern American singer-songwriter Bryan Simpson is an artist whose sound unnervingly explores an evocative amalgamation of southern folk, bluegrass, classic country and indie eclecticism with the playful swagger, relatable storytelling and thoughtful introspection of his heroes which include John Hartford, Tom T Hall, Jeff Tweedy, and of course Bob Dylan.
Bryan’s songs have netted praise from all corners: The Huffington Post wrote “Bryan's original undertakings are reminiscent of the whimsical and whip-smart work by David Byrne and Jim James” while SeattlePI.com claims Simpson’s music echoes “Bowie, and Beck in the melodies, moods, and arrangements. The quest is entertaining and thought-provoking.” His genre-spanning career has included making records and touring as a singer/songwriter with luminaries as diverse as The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, bluegrass giant Ricky Skaggs and Mumford and Sons. Since leaving his hometown of Ft Worth Texas with only a fiddle, guitar, mandolin and a box fan to his name, Simpson has had many of his original songs recorded by country music stand outs like Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Hailey Whitters, Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, with several of them ending up with a number 1 beside their name on the Billboard and Music Row charts . He has also been awarded NSAI’s prestigious award of “10 Songs I wish I’d Written”. His songs have easily totaled over 500 million streams at this point.
This year Simpson will release his first record under his own name. “The Oldest” due out in Fall 2023 is a concise 11 songs in length produced by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan/Brandi Carlisle). Simpson’s storytelling takes center stage like never before with a record that straddles the line between invention and tradition. and takes his kaleidoscope view of the world and surrounds it with relatable and relaxed melodies and poignant production that ultimately paints as interesting a sonic picture as do Simpson’s homespun better than true stories