Sturgill Simpson is no stranger to accolades, especially from his home state of Kentucky. But on Tuesday, March 20, the singer was given a special honor from Kentucky lawmakers. The Kentucky House and Senate presented Simpson with a Kentucky Colonelcy, a title of honor bestowed by the governor of Kentucky.
Citing Simpson's many accomplishments, Rep. James Kay called the artist a "man of the people."
Kentucky representatives shared their excitement to have the singer on the floor. Rep. Chris Harris shared a photo of Simpson on his Facebook page. Fellow Kentuckians were equally pleased to see their home state hero honored, writing "Now that's someone I support on the floor! How awesome!"
Rep. Rick Rand shared a photo of Simpson on the House floor.
Sturgill Simpson on the House floor today. pic.twitter.com/r89DJXxW7H
— Rick Rand (@rick_rand) March 20, 2018
Kentucky cartoonist Marc Murphy humorously made reference to Simpson's "Turtles All the Way Down" on Twitter.
— Marc Murphy (@MurphyCartoons) March 20, 2018
Simpson, who was born in Jackson, Ky., rose to notoriety with his 2013 album High Top Mountain, which he followed up with the critically acclaimed 2014 album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. In 2017, Simpson won a Grammy for Best Country Album and Album of the Year for A Sailor's Guide to Earth.
During a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Simpson said he's considering recording a double album and spending more time touring and playing music festivals.
When he's not making music, Simpson will be branching out creatively, making his acting debut in the CBS All Access series $1.
Simpson will be on tour consistently this spring and summer. He'll also be making good on his promise to appear at more music festivals. The singer is slated to perform at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Mountain Jam and on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour.