Sturgill Simpson 'Disgusted' with ACM's Merle Haggard Spirit Award

Sturgill Simpson 'Disgusted' with ACM's Merle Haggard Spirit Award

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On Monday singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson took to Facebok to blast the ACMs for creating an award that celebrates Merle Haggard’s legacy. He accused the Academy of Country Music of joining others who have “hitched their wagon to his name.”

Simpson begins by explaining a story he’d heard from unnamed sources that Haggard left Nashville after a music executive told him “Kern River” was a bad song. The singer goes on to add, “I always got a sense that he wanted one last hit..one last proper victory lap of his own, and we all know deserved it. Yet it never came. And now he’s gone.”

At the heart of Simpson’s lengthy op-ed is his opinion…



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