Sturgill Simpson (born June 8, 1978) is an American country music singer-songwriter. He has released two albums independently.

Simpson was born in Jackson, Kentucky, a small town in Breathitt County in southeast Kentucky, 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, Kentucky, outside Lexington, Kentucky, where Simpson graduated from Woodford County High School.

On his Kentucky upbringing: “For all intents and purposes, it felt like I’d had two childhoods, even when I was there. In the summers, I was always back in eastern Kentucky with my grandparents. It felt like my mom and I went home about every weekend. In my heart I guess I’m from Appalachia.”Simpson’s mother’s family were coal miners.

On music: “I’ve always played. I got my first guitar when I was 8 or 9. It was never anything that was encouraged or anything that I thought I could do for a living. Everybody back home plays music; it’s what you do when you’re done with your real job.”

After three years in the United States Navy, he spent time in Japan then moved again to Lexington, Kentucky.