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Sturgill Simpson stages own concert outside CMA Awards

Sturgill Simpson stages own concert outside CMA Awards”

Possibly his best known dust up was when he criticized the Academy of Country Music for naming an award after Merle Haggard and celebrating him after his death, while Simpson says the country icon was shunned by the country music establishment in his later years.

"The best thing we can do is acknowledge it, pay our respects, and then perform this music and use this music for what it's best at, which is unifying and giving us joy and finding the light here", Mr. Paisley said as he opened the CMA Awards, People magazine reported.

He joked that he wasn't allowed into the ceremony - he did not receive any nominations this year.

While country stars sang on stage at Bridgestone Arena for the 51st CMA Awards, Sturgill Simpson was outside the Nashville arena, busking for a small group of fans - and an online audience of thousands. He announced the appearance a short time before on Facebook "So excited to be playing the #cmaawards tonight!" he wrote. Come on down and join me!

Sturgill played songs right in front of the arena entrance, and streamed the performance on Facebook.

While he did not explicitly suggest country music fans disagree with his sentiments, the alt-country singer further seems to have meant to tweak conservative country fans with a sign placed by guitar case pledging to donate any money he earned from busking to the ACLU. He went into a longer diatribe about all of the ills he sees in American society right now, saying, "Nobody needs a machine gun, and that's comin' from a guy who owns quite a few guns".

Fans strolling by were thrilled to be treated to a free show as he strummed alongside a sign reading "I don't take requests but I take questions about anything you want to talk about.Because fascism sucks". Fun fact: At one point he notes that he hadn't been recognized once.



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