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'Nobody Needs a Machine Gun.' Sturgill Simpson Speaks His Mind Outside the CMA Awards

'Nobody Needs a Machine Gun.' Sturgill Simpson Speaks His Mind Outside the CMA Awards
From TIME - November 9, 2017

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson isnt exactly the favorite son of the country music establishment. Last year, he accused the Academy of Country Music of hitching their wagon to Merle Haggards legacy after the iconic musicians death. His much-lauded third album, A Sailors Guide to Earth, was snubbed at last years Country Music Awards, though it went on to win the Grammy for Best Country Music album and was nominated for Album of the Year.

This year Simpson made a memorable appearance at the annual CMA Award ceremony in Nashvilleon the sidewalk outside the arena. With little more than an acoustic guitar and a Facebook livestream, the singer busked for tips that he said would be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. He also delivered a moving mock acceptance speech that touching on divisive political issues such as gun control, police brutality, LGBT rights and Americas justice system:

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