Simpson, who will also be playing Louisville’s Forecastle Festival July 15, will start his brief run with the iconic rockers at Denver’s Mile High Stadium Aug. 2 and wind up at Miami’s Marlins’ Park Aug. 8. In between will be the closest stop to Kentucky: Aug. 5 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Simpson is still riding on the success of his Spring 2016 release, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” which was a Grammy nominee for album of the year and won the Grammy for best country album. While the Jackson-born, Versailles-raised artist can’t get a spin on mainstream country radio — and has had his differences with the Nashville establishment — he has gained critical acclaim and and an enthusiastic audience in the Americana and roots music worlds. And we refer anyone who questions his ability to fire up a GN’R crowd to his January performance of “Call to Arms” on “Saturday Night Live.”
Like the Nirvana cover, this should work.
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