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We’ve all see videos of artists biting it during their performances. They can’t find their footing, misstep or simply lose their balance. And while making it in the music business is often compared to going to battle, we don’t often see someone literally bleeding for their art. However, keyboardist Bobby Emmett, who’s on the road with Sturgill Simpson, did just that.

Sturgill, Bobby and the band opened a few shows for Guns N’ Roses recently and, apparently, they all brought it … and left it … onstage. Bobby even left a little of his blood.


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Sturgill shared a photo on his Instagram page of Bobby’s beloved instrument and explained in a profanity-filled post that Bobby broke some of the keys on the organ and cut his hand during the first song of their set. He obviously continued playing. “These photos are the post-show aftermath,” Sturgill writes.

Yep, that’s blood. And a lot of it.

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Sturgill also claims that Hammond, the legendary organ manufacturer that created that signature B3 sound, was interested in giving Bobby an endorsement, which often leads to free instruments and gear. But after the band’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year, they apparently backed out for reasons Sturgill doesn’t make clear, other than to say Hammond execs saw Bobby “surfing on his organ.”

Sturgill adds, “It’s cool Hammond. We’ll just keep fixing this one.”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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