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Sturgill Simpson recently announced the cancellation of the remainder of his 2021 tour, after suffering a “hemorrhage / rupture” of his vocal cords. He apologized to fans via Instagram, saying, “I’m sorry to everyone that had tickets to the remaining shows and to thank everyone that has supported me over the years. It’s been an incredibly fun, rewarding and educational journey. I played all the venues I dreamed about playing as a kid, met all my heroes, even became friends with most of them, and got to work and play with some of the finest musicians on the planet over the years.”
His Cuttin’ Grass, Vol 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions was recently named Americana album of the year.
He expects to recover with treatment, but acknowledges it will be a “long hot minute before I can return to stage.” His latest studio album, The Ballad of Dood and Juanita, was released August 2021.
Fellow Kentucky native and songwriter sensation Chris Stapleton has also canceled several recent and upcoming shows for health issues, announcing “I had hoped to have some good news to share with you after this quiet time, but unfortunately, the progress I’ve made is not enough…Nothing is more personal to me than the experience of music…I’m eternally grateful for the privilege of sharing in that journey with you all night after night.” His October 2021 Riverbend show will be rescheduled. His next Lexington performance is scheduled for April 2022.
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