Sturgill Simpson, Gary Stewart Among 2024 Kentucky Hall of Fame Class

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame has just announced their 2024 class, and as can be expected there is a heavy dose of country and bluegrass greats going in.

This includes Sturgill Simpson, who is originally from Jackson and Versailles, Kentucky, and whose landmark album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014 helped spark the current independent country music revolution. His 2013 debut High Top Mountain had a heavy Kentucky component to it, and Simpson later reprised many of his biggest songs in bluegrass form in Cutin’ Grass Vol. #1 and #2 released in 2020.

Sturgill Simpson’s 2016 A Sailor’s Guide to Earth won the Grammy for Best Country Album, and was also nominated for the all-genre Album of the Year. Simpson has since participated in numerous film projects as an actor, and also works as a producer. Simpson ostensibly retired as a solo artist after releasing his 2021 album The Ballad of Dood and Juanita, making his induction at the relative young age of 45 more understandable.

For some, Gary Stewart may be more synonymous with Florida or even Texas. But similar to Dwight Yoakam and other country greats, Stewart was born in Kentucky, and his musical fabric was forged in the state. Stewart was born in Jenkins, Kentucky in 1944 and his father was a coal miner. When his father was injured in the mines in 1959, the family moved to Florida to be closer to family.

Gary Stewart would go on to be considered one of the most underrated yet highly-influential performers in country music history. His sweaty, honky-tonk style of country was super influential among his musical peers, and he also scored numerous hits such as “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)” and “Out of Hand.” Stewart died in 2003.

Other notable inductees include multi-instrumentalist “Apostle” Paul Martin, who many may remember from Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives band, bluegrass and Appalachia performers The McClain Family Band, Gospel singer and songwriter Rodney Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Mattingly, and country/bluegrass singer and songwriter Charlie Sizemore.

Underscoring that this is not just a country/bluegrass Hall of Fame, but the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, hard rock band Black Stone Cherry originally from Edmonton, Kentucky are also 2024 inductees. Sound engineer Billy Moore, and the owner of Nashville bars Legend’s Corner, The Stage, and Second Fiddle in Nashville, Ruble Sanderson, round out the 2024 class.

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame picks new inductees every two years, and considered over 130 nominees before deciding on 2024’s 11 inductees. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2024, at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center at 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale March 1st at

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Museum is located at 2590 Richmond St, Mt Vernon, KY and is open daily 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It contains over 16,000 square feet of music memorabilia on display.

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