He had very nice things to say about up-and-comer Sturgill Simpson, who is currently opening for Merle on tour. He says, "As far as I'm concerned, he's the only one out there...he comes out and does a great show."I think there are some great acts out there, but they aren't making it to the radio. In any case, here's the one he likes.
As far as other contemporary country music artists? "The rest of them sound like a bunch of (crap) to me," he says.
You know, he does sound kind of like some of Merle's old friends.
I admired Merle's answer to the question of what he's doing with his declining years.
"I feel fine right now. I don't really have much sign of aging and I've been through cancer, so I ain't scared of that no more. Looks like somebody wants me alive, so I'm gonna do my best to act like I'm alive. i still enjoy playing. The traveling gets a little rougher every year, but maybe they'll fix the roads."Maybe they will.