Sturgill Simpson wants everyone to know that he didn’t insult Luke Bryan. Sturgill was recently asked to comment about Luke for a New York Times profile, because it included a discussion about the differences between mainstream artists and more Americana country artists like Sturgill.
According to the “Times,” Sturgill responded, “I don’t know Luke, I don’t think about Luke, and I’ve honestly never heard a single note of his music.” But, in case you missed it, Sturgill reveals on Twitter that the paper cut his response to make it sound like an insult.
What he actually told them was, “I don't know Luke, I don't think about Luke, and I've honestly never heard a single note of his music, so I'm afraid I am unable to supply you with quotes you and your editor are seeking from me to fill out your narrative. " He then added, "I can say, however, a more interesting piece would perhaps be how the Grammy winner for this years [sic] Country Album of the Year somehow doesn't manage to get recognized / nominate[d] (much less invited) by either the CMA or the ACM to their respective award celebrations. When you wanna talk about that I'll give you all the time you need."
So far there’s been no comment from Luke about the controversy. Check out Sturgill’s complete exchange with the “Times” below.
“Most of the time the conversation is me providing two or three sentences to fill in the blanks on a piece they've already written,..because when you say things in print it's so easy for context to get twisted.” #OnTheRecord @willstep_@LukeBryanOnline11:43 AM - Dec 10, 2017
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