Sturgill Simpson Cancels the Rest of His Fall Tour After Pulling Out of Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival

by Madison Miller

If you’ve been keeping your Sturgill Simpson tickets for this fall in a safe place and periodically glancing at them affectionately, there’s some bad news.

Simpson announced today that he would be canceling the remainder of his fall tour dates. That will include his multiple shows lines up for Webster Hall in New York City, as well as his shows in November at the iconic Ryman Auditorium.

Simpson Pulls Out of Performances

As of right now, it’s not entirely clear why he decided to pull his concert dates for the fall. He did, however, pull out of a few shows before eventually saying he would no longer be putting on any shows.

That includes the Outlaw Music Festival, Willie Nelson’s popular festival featuring influential artists. This includes Chris Stapleton, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Bingham, and Margo Price, amongst others. Sturgill Simpson also pulled out of Farm Aid 2021. His reasoning for dropping out of both of these shows was due to vocal complications.

“I am extremely disappointed and sorry to have to inform 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 in November are officially cancelled. All tickets will be fully refunded. Much like last year, 2021 (in the most consensual way possible) can ALSO go fornicate with itself,” Simpson wrote in a recent Instagram post. While devastating news for those hoping to finally see him live, Simpson still showcased his usual humor. He posted the news with a lego figure and the bold titled “Everything is cancelled.”

Sturgill Simpson Vocal Issues

Sturgill Simpson was hopeful that the vocal loss was possibly just due to laryngitis or even campfire smoke. He was hoping the issues were from “playing too many shows in a row after not singing much for over 18 months.” 

If he’s pulling out of all performances, perhaps there’s a more serious concern going on. If there’s a serious vocal chord injury, then he may require surgery or other serious procedures.

Simpson had three sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium on November 18,19 and 20. The Ryman released a statement saying, “in the interest of his long term recovery, Sturgill Simpson is taking the rest of the year off,” according to the Tennessean.

These shows would have been the perfect time to showcase his brand new studio album, “The Ballad of Dood and Juanita.”

It’s a 10-song project that marked his fifth official solo studio album.

Despite some unfortunate cancelations, Sturgill Simpson is still getting proper recognition for his work. He recently won Album of the Year at the annual Americana Honors & Awards. This honor is from his reimagined bluegrass album, “Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1.”