What is going on with Sturgill Simpson these days? That answer just became a lot harder to come by after the Grammy-winning singer and performer wiped his social media feeds somewhere around Tuesday, October 24th.
Deleting all the content on his social media feeds is something Simpson has done numerous times before, and sometimes in preparation of a big announcement such as a new tour. However this time it was quite a deeper cleansing. Not only is all his Twitter and Instagram content completely gone, so are the accounts themselves. Searches or clicks on buttons for these social media feeds return “Page Not Found” errors.
Simpson’s Facebook page does remain active, but only displays basic tour and merch information, including the fact that he does have a festival appearance coming up on April 20th, 2018 at the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta. So we know he hasn’t completely fallen off the face of the earth, or retreated to a hermitage in Asia minor … at least we think.
Simpson had only scantly used Twitter recently anyway, but had been using Instagram to post things upon occasion, including during his recent trip to Japan that was a hit with followers. The last thing Simpson posted on Instagram right before deleting the feed was a rather cryptic message about how his whole “country” (in quotes) career would be defined by a certain number of releases (something he’s done before), and was inspired by a line of verse by Kris Kristofferson.
He’s a poet, he’s a picker
He’s a prophet, he’s a liar
He’s a pilgrim and a preacher
and a problem when he’s stoned
He’s a walking contradiction
partly truth, partly fiction
Taking every wrong direction
only his lonely way back home
The line of verse is from Kristofferson’s song “The Pilgrim.”
Sturgill Simpson was initially planning to take the entirety of 2017 off in anticipation of the birth of his second child, but scrapped those plans after he was nominated for multiple Grammy awards, including Best Country Album which he won in February, as well as the vaunted all-genre Album of the Year. This afforded Simpson a performance slot on the presentation, and inspired him to book a smallish, but nation-spanning 2017 tour, which wrapped up on Saturday, October 14th in Sugar Land, TX, just southwest of Houston. The tour featured Simpson with a stripped-down band, with Sturgill playing his own lead guitar.
So what will 2018 have in store for Sturgill Simpson? New album and new tour? Could he produce more projects like he did for critically-acclaimed Tyler Childers in 2017? Well just have to see. But don’t rule out anything, Twitter or Instagram feeds notwithstanding.