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Versailles honors Sturgill Simpson

Posted at 4:06 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 18:38:12-05

VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Kentucky's very own country music super star has a road renamed after him in the town where he grew up. Big Sink Pike in Versailles is now Sturgill Simpson Way. The city had a welcome home ceremony for Simpson, ahead of the sold out show at Rupp Arena Friday night.

Sturgill Simpson has released four albums since 2013, winning a Grammy for Best Country Album 2017 with A Sailor's Guide to Earth. Simpson was born in Breathitt County, eventually moved to Versailles, where he graduated from Woodford County High School. The town he grew up in is recognizing his accomplishments in music.

The country singer says naming Big Sink Pike, Sturgill Simpson Way, is surreal. "I've got to be completely honest, the irony is rich here. I have no idea how many mailboxes I smashed on Big Sink Pike in high school. So I am very sorry. and I just can't tell you, this is incredible, so thank you," Simpson said.

Simpson isn't the only Kentuckian in his band, Miles Miller, is also from the area and was gifted the key to Versailles.

Sturgill Simpson and his band will take the stage, along with Tyler Childers, another Kentucky native, to a sold out Rupp Arena. "It's the ultimate. Tyler is one of the greatest song writers of our generation now, and so is Sturgill. I've got the best seat in the house though," Miller said.