In case you hadn't noticed, Sturgill Simpson is an artist. An artist creating art, after that there's not much you need to know about him - except maybe his art is his own, and we are fortunate to see and hear it.

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

When you're not beholden to anyone, have no one to impress, and don't owe anything to anyone, you are in a very powerful place.