Simpson makes Opry debut Friday
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
– Sturgill Simpson, who just released "High Top Mountain," will debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday.
Simpson will be introduced by Marty Stuart who said, "Walking out onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for the first time is a milestone in any artist's career. I'll be cheering for Sturgill Simpson when he makes his debut on Aug. 23, 2013. I have no doubt that it will be a memorable night. I'll pass along the same words to him that Minnie Pearl often said to new artists before their first appearance on the Opry: 'Just go out there and love them, and they'll love you back.'"
In September, Simpson, who is currently top 20 on the Americana Music Radio Chart, will showcase at the Americana Music Festival at The Basement in Nashville, one of a series of dates in September and October.
Tour dates are:
Aug. 23 - The Grand Ole Opry - Nashville
Sept. 1 - Rosemary Beach - Rosemary Beach, FL
Sept. 4 - The Altamont - Asheville, NC
Sept. 5 - Scenic City Roots - Chattanooga, TN
Sept. 6 - The New Vintage - Louisville
Sept. 7 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN
Sept. 8 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta
Sept. 9 - Georgia Theatre, Rooftop Series - Athens, GA
Sept. 11 - The Evening Muse - Charlotte
Sept. 12 - The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
Sept. 19 - Americana Music Festival - Nashville
Sept. 21 - The Groove - Nashville
Sept. 26 - Red Dirt Dance Hall - Tulsa, OK
Sept. 27 - Wormy Dog Saloon - Oklahoma City
Sept. 28 - The Foundry - Dallas
Oct. 1 - The Western - Scottsdale, AZ
Oct. 3 - The Griffin - San Diego
Oct. 3 - The Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles
Oct. 5 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - San Francisco
Oct. 30 - Music City Roots - Nashville
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