This week’s publication of Nashville Scene features an interview with Sturgill Simpson that provides a very interesting look at the singer’s rise to stardom without the Nashville system's support, and his desire to see that machine collapse.

Simpson has achieved international recognition for his music in roughly three years, all without ever having a song played on mainstream country radio or appearing on the award shows. He has sold more than half a million records and consistently sells out venues. How does he do it?

Simpson says...“If you pour your heart out and you’re honest with yourself and your human experience and your life, and you put that into music, you don’t have to be talented, people will connect, and they’ll spread it for you. You don’t need radio. You don’t need some big machine throwing it out there. I’m living proof of that.”

Sturgill also says...“In 10 years I’ll be the biggest country star on this planet and there’s nothing they can do to stop that.” That's a very bold statement!

Simpson, among others, believes the current system for commercial country music is eroding, and he’s convinced his approach will only continue to reach more people without the help of the machine.

You may recall back in August when Simpson made waves with his Facebook post bashing the ACM Awards for appropriating the name and legacy of his late friend, country legend Merle Haggard. Simpson says he has since received pats on the back from movers and shakers around town for speaking his mind and saying something no one else would vocalize.

We will continue to keep you updated with the latest from Sturgill Simpson, and just so you know....we do play Sturgill Simpson's music on Kickin' Country 103.1.