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Country Singer Explains His Fury Behind 'Merle Haggard Scandal'

Sturgill simpson Songs | Country Singer Explains His Fury Behind 'Merle Haggard Scandal' | Country Music Videos
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Calling some of the biggest names in Nashville out for their "meat parade" and "high school pageantry", he stirred up a massive controversy that nearly everyone had an opinion on. 

At the end of August 2016, Sturgill Simpson posted a scathing message on his Facebook page that berated the Academy of Country Music just shortly after they had announced the "Merle Haggard Spirit Award"

His accusations were spurred from his opinion that every organization in Nashville had shunned Merle Haggard years ago...but just a few short months after he passed away - they were trying to make a quick buck from his name. 

I’m writing this because I want to go on record and say I find it utterly disgusting the way everybody on Music Row is coming up with any reason they can to hitch their wagon to his name while knowing full and darn well what he thought about them,” he said, slamming every large Nashville organization like the ACM.

But now, after months have passed again, and the dust has settled - Simpson sat down for an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone Country where they asked him a very pointed question about his furious rampage on social media. 

Asked if he maintains any regrets from the tornado of the whole 'scandal', he simply says, "None. My disgust was so strong I couldn't hold back." 

"The idea of co-opting the names of dead legends for business purposes," he reveals as the reason for his immense disgust. "The same way they did with Johnny Cash. They snubbed him on the American Recordings he did with Rick Rubin. Nashville also snubbed Loretta Lynn when Jack White produced Van Lear Rose. And everyone knows the story of how they ran Willie Nelson 'outta town back in the Seventies. Merle is the latest in a long line."

What do you think of his new statements?

Does this change any opinion you had of Sturgill? 

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