Fresh off the ACM s-h-i-t storm he stirred up in late August, Sturgill Simpson parlayed a national television audience into a chance to show the world that American music is great again.

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If the ACM wants to actually celebrate the legacy and music of Merle Haggard, they should drop all the formulaic cannon fodder bullshit they’ve been pumping down rural America’s throat for the last 30 years along with all the high school pageantry, meat parade award show bullshit and start dedicating their programs to more actual Country Music. – Sturgill Simpson

The Kentucky native sang "Welcome to Earth (Pollywog),” a song he penned for his son, off his slf-produced album, A Sailors Guide to Earth.