Simpson: "grateful" for AMA wins
Thursday, September 17, 2015
– Sturgill Simpson, who won two awards at the Americana Music Association awards, was quite happy with the results, even if he wasn't in the house.
Simpson won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Turtles All The Way Down."
"Thank you very much to the Americana Association and everyone who voted for us," Simpson said in a prepared statement. "We are extremely grateful and humbled this morning. We must also apologize for our absence. It was a decision that I made months back while working on the routing for our current tour. It was either attend the awards or make up a string of shows that were cancelled due to illness back in February for some very disappointed fans. It's very nice to be recognized by our peers. All the awards in the world are worth nothing without the people who support us."
Simpson and his band - bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets, drummer Miles Miller and keyboardist Jefferson Crow - are currently in the midst of their "Living The Dream" fall tour, which will extend through November and includes an upcoming show at New York's Beacon Theatre as well as three sold-out shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
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