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A Major Country Star Busked Outside the Country Music Awards in Protest and People Loved It

A Major Country Star Busked Outside the Country Music Awards in Protest and People Loved It
From TIME - November 9, 2017

The Country Music Association Awards took place in Nashvilles Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night, but there was one star of the genre who never went inside. Sturgill Simpson, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter of A Sailors Guide to Earth, instead set up shop outside the venue to busk and broadcast on Facebook Live.

With an open guitar case, a few politically-minded cardboard signs and a guitar, Simpson played music for about 35 minutes while answering questions from passersby and online commenters The signs were a protest of sorts: I dont take requests, but I take questions about anything you want to talk aboutbecause fascism sucks, read one. Another: Struggling country singer Anything helps (all donations go to the ACLU). God Bless America.

(At the end of the set, he said that he made $13 for the ACLU, Rolling Stone reports.)

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