A week after having to cancel several of his shows, including a multi-night stint at Webster Hall in New York City, Sturgill Simpson canceled the rest of his tour dates for 2021. The country singer-guitarist posted on Instagram that he had dealt with serious vocal cord problems that left his future as a performer uncertain.
âIt turns out that I unfortunately had a hemorrhage / rupture in my vocal cords after all,â he wrote, posting a scan of his larynx which showed the injury. “I’m currently receiving the best treatment available and should make a full recovery, but it’s going to be a long, hot minute before I can get back on stage.”
Simpson went on to pay tribute to his fans and the tour stops he had previously missed, including the Outlaw Music Festival shows in the Atlanta and Baltimore areas, as well as headlining dates coming to New York and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
âI’m sorry for everyone who had tickets for the remaining shows and to thank everyone who has supported me over the years,â he wrote. âIt was an incredibly fun, rewarding and educational trip. I’ve played in all the venues I dreamed of playing as a kid, met all of my heroes, even made friends with most of them, and worked and played with some of the heroes. best musicians on the planet over the years.
In August, Simpson released The ballad of Dood & Juanita, which he said would be his last outing as a solo performer. âI would like to form a real group with people that I love and respect musically, and be part of something that is really democratic in terms of creativity,â he said. Rolling stone just before the album was released. At last week’s Americana Honors and Awards, Simpson’s bluegrass effort Cut the Grass, Vol. 1: The butchery sessions was named Album of the Year.
Aside from music, Simpson also entered the acting profession, appearing in films. Queen & Slim and The hunter. He plays a role in the next Martin Scorsese film Moon Flower Killers. As for what awaits him once his recovery is over, Simpson is typically ironic.
âOn the bright side, now I can finally really focus on other pursuits and areas of passionate interest,â he said, âlike becoming the best hitman I can be. “