When it comes to doing things your way, nobody stands out like Sturgill Simpson.
Before tearing the roof off the Ryman, Simpson had a candid interview with Nashville Scene. “It took me this long to get right here,” he says. “[But] this isn’t all I want, this isn’t all I know my music [can do]. I know that there are a whole lot of people out there that aren’t aware, that will connect with [my] music. … The industry’s not gonna give it to me. And at this point I don’t want them to. I’m going to prove to them I can do it. In 10 years I’ll be the biggest country star on this planet, I guaran-fuckin’-tee it. And there’s nothing they can do to stop that.”
“If you pour your heart out,” he offers, “and you’re honest with yourself and your human experience and your life, and you put that into music, you don’t have to be talented. … People will connect, and they’ll spread it for you. You don’t need radio. You don’t need some big machine throwing it out there. I’m living proof of that.”
When it comes to true renegades, true outlaws, and true country music, nobody compares to this cat. He’s in another galaxy with his music, vision, and creative mind. He’s admitted the Nashville machine has likely blackballed him, and he doesn’t give a shit.