For Sturgill Simpson, the game is over, at least for the next several months, as he grapples with an ongoing vocal problem that has now marginalized him through late November. The edition premiered on September 19th at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC as part of the Willie Nelson-directed Outlaw Festival.
"Everything broke down in Charlotte," said Sturgill Simpson. “Woke up completely hoarse. I tried to make it work all day, but at 7:30 pm it is clear that it did not happen. "
A replacement performer could not be found for this show because it happened at the last minute. However, Tyler Childers was able to perform at the Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA on Wednesday night (9-22) as a replacement for Sturgill, who has a long history of postponed performances in Peach State for a number of reasons. Tyler will also set the date of the Outlaw Festival on Friday, September 24th in Columbia, MD at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.
But along with the cancellation of his appearance at Farm Aid 2021 on September 25th in Hartford, Connecticut, Sturgill Simpson and his fans were hoping the bleeding would stop.
"I'm just hoping a viral laryngitis or inhaling treated wood from the backstage campfire at the Merlefest or something similarly stupid and not really injuring the vocal cords from playing too many shows in a row after not singing a lot for over 18 months" said Sturgill Simpson on Wednesday. But now it seems like it could be something more serious.
On Friday afternoon, the mercury artist announced on Instagram that an upcoming five-night residency at Webster Hall in New York would be from September 28 through October 2, as well as a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville from May 18 through 20 November will take place. would also be victims of persistent voice problems.
"I am extremely disappointed and regret to announce to all of you that all five performances this week in New York at Webster Hall AND all three performances in Nashville at The Ryman Auditorium have been officially canceled in November," Sturgill Simpson confirmed on Friday afternoon doesn't seem like the dates will be postponed anytime soon. "All tickets are fully refundable."
One of the reasons Tyler Childers was able to stand up for the Outlaw Fest dates is because the Healing Appalachia benefit concert in West Virginia Childers was scheduled for March 24th. TK and the Holy Know-Nothings, Arlo McKinley, Don Rigsby, Jeremy Pinnell, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, Lucero and headliners The Marcus King Band were also to perform.
This leaves no active dates on Sturgill Simpson's tour schedule as fans hope it will be nothing more than a bad laryngitis and nothing more serious. More information as soon as it becomes available.
Tyler Childers is scheduled for Farm Aid on September 25th and shows on September 29th and 30th at Red Rocks, Colorado.