Thursday, September 01, 2016
Merle's award causes Music City row
The award honors uncompromising artists in the spirit of Merle Haggard. The award was approved by the ACM Special Awards panel and voted on by the ACM Board.
But, using Merle's memory to further todays Country music didn't go down well in all corners. Sturgill Simpson took to Facebook to blast the Academy of Country Music for it's new Merle Haggard Spirit Award.
The country music traditionalist accused the ACM of "hitching their wagon to his name" while knowing "what Haggard thought about them."
"If the ACM wants to actually celebrate the legacy and music of Merle Haggard, they should drop all the formulaic cannon fodder they’ve been pumping down rural America’s throat for the last 30 years along with all the high school pageantry, meat parade award show bulls--t and start dedicating their programs to more actual Country Music," the singer-songwriter wrote.
Simpson's note went viral and while he received support from fellow country singers like Jason Isbell, he later updated his post saying he would be "blackballed" by Music Row for his remarks.
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