Nashville Ryman Auditorium shows canceled
Due to lingering vocal issues, singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson on Friday canceled a series of shows previously scheduled for this fall at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
Simpson planned to return to Mother Church of Country Music for three sold-out performances on November 18, 19 and 20.
He announced on Friday afternoon via Instagram that his Ryman shows and an upcoming run at Webster Hall in New York City have been canceled. Ticket holders can expect a refund at the point of purchase.
“… in the interests of his long-term recovery, Sturgill Simpson is taking the rest of the year,” said a statement from the Ryman which confirmed the cancellation.
Earlier this week, Simpson canceled another handful of shows – including a return to Farm Aid – due to the loss of his voice. Simpson said via social media that he hoped the loss was due to viral laryngitis or a byproduct of campfire smoke, and not injury from “playing too many shows. ‘in a row after singing little for over 18 months “.
“I completely lost my voice,” he wrote in the post, later adding, “Sorry if I let you down. I hate letting people down. Thank you for letting me play the music. in my heart.”
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Simpson released his fifth solo studio album last month, a 10-song country concept project called “The Ballad of Dood and Juanita.” On Wednesday, he won Album of the Year at the annual Americana Honors & Awards for his collection of reimagined bluegrass originals, “Cuttin ‘Grass Vol. 1”.