Sturgill Simpson took to Instagram today to reveal the vocal cord injury he suffered earlier this month that led the singer-songwriter to cancel his remaining 2021 tour dates including Outlaw Music Festival and Farm Aid appearances as well as concerts in New York City and Nashville. “Welp, Turns out I did in fact unfortunately hemorrhage/rupture my vocal chords after all,” Simpson confirmed.
“I am currently getting the best treatment available and should fully recover but its gonna be a long hot minute before I can return to stage,” Sturgill added as part of his post. Simpson also shared an image displaying the damage to his vocal cords which can be viewed below.
The Kentucky-bred musician began a tour in support of his recently released The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita album as well as a pair of 2020 Cuttin’ Grass bluegrass albums at Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire on September 10. Simpson performed an acoustic bluegrass set backed by a full band that evening during an Outlaw Music Festival stop. Sturgill played three more shows on the Willie Nelson-headlined tour and also appeared at Merlefest before missing his Outlaw Fest set in Charlotte on September 19. The 2021 Album Of The Year Americana Award winner noted he lost his voice “completely” a few days later.
“On the bright side, now I can finally really focus on other pursuits and areas of passionate interest..like becoming the best hitman I can be,” Sturgill quipped to end his latest Instagram post. Read the full note below: