Sturgill Simpson honoured as Kentucky Colonel

Country singer Sturgill Simpson has been honoured as a Kentucky Colonel by lawmakers in his home state.
The Grammy winner received the prestigious recognition – the highest title bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky – during a special ceremony on Tuesday (20Mar18), when he was invited to the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.
Simpson, who was born in the city of Jackson, was first presented with the accolade in the Senate, before stopping by the House of Representatives, where politician James Kay applauded the U.S. Navy veteran for his career achievements.
“Sturgill is his own man. Independent. Proud. Very proud to be from our great Commonwealth,” Kay said, according to “He’s been compared to many of the legends of country music, and he’s never missed an opportunity to make sure the music industry knows that (the music) belongs to the people.”
The In Bloom star, 39, was accompanied to the State Capitol by a number of his loved ones, including his dad and kids.
The lifelong title of Kentucky Colonel is awarded to people in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to the community, state, or the nation, and Simpson is in good company – other famous honourees include Johnny Depp, Ashley Judd, Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, and late boxing legend and humanitarian Muhammad Ali.