Kentucky based country singer/songwriter and actor Sturgill Simpson has announced a live stream concert to be held in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, according to Brooklyn Vegan. The stream will take place tomorrow, June 5, at 8 p.m. in front of an empty audience.The concert can be viewed on Nugs.tv, Twitch, and YouTube.
In an address to his fans, Simpson thanked those who helped him raise $250,000 for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Equity Alliance Nashville Tornado Relief and the Special Forces Foundation. The singer noted he would be joined by “special guests,” which include Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Bub (bass), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Scott Vestal (banjo), Tim O’Brien (guitar), Mark Howard (guitar), and Miles Miller (drums). Simpson also stated he will be selling concert merchandise on his website to further raise funds to donate.
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I would very much like to offer immense thanks to all my fans for contributing to the DDSS quarantine charity drive. With your unbelievable generosity we raised over $250,000 for Musicares COVID-19 Relief, Equity Alliance Nashville Tornado Relief, and the Special Forces Foundation benefiting severely wounded operators fighting the global war on terrorism and the families of those who did not return. As a show of my appreciation for your efforts I will be performing a one hour live stream concert as promised THIS FRIDAY EVENING JUNE 5TH @ 7pm Central Time live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee joined by some very special friends on stage to round out the sound •••Stuart Duncan (fiddle) / Mike Bub (bass) / Sierra Hull (mandolin) / Scott Vestal (banjo) / Mark Howard (guitar) / Miles Miller (the best snare and brushes you ever heard) ——————————————————————— We will be streaming live on the following platforms: -NUGS.TV @nugsnet -TWITCH – handle @sturgillsimpson -YOUTUBE (Sturgill Simpson channel) ——————————————————————— We will also be selling an exclusive show poster and a brand new “Thirsty Sturg” t-shirt at www.sturgillsimpson.com in efforts to raise further funds during the stream. Once again, thank you very much to all who contributed. ✌🏼 Sturgill #sturgillsimpson #surviveandthrive #ddss
Simpson was set to tour with fellow Kentucky singer/songwriter Tyler Childers throughout the spring of this year, but the tour was ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tour would’ve included stops art the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas in March, and the Forum in Los Angeles, California in May.
Simpson’s most recent work is his 2019 album Sound & Fury, which received generally positive reviews among critics. The singer continually pushes the musical envelope, and mxdwn’s Spencer Culbertson noted that the album is, “gritty and bluesy . . . it’s Simpson at his most experimental so far.”
Simpson actually tested positive for the coronavirus in April after nearly a month of exhibiting symptoms. Although he was hospitalized with chest pains and a fever in March while touring, he was unable to receive a test then, and only found out a month later when his test results finally came back. Simpson was asymptomatic by the time he found out he was diagnosed with the virus.
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