John Sturgill Simpson is a Grammy award-winning singer who straddles the line between country and rock. To date, Sturgill has released three albums: High Top Mountain (2013), Metamodern Sounds (2014), and A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016). His second album netted him a spot-on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2014”. It was his third album, however, that netted Simpson the Grammy for Best Country Album.
Simpson was born in Jackson, Kentucky on June 8, 1978. The son of a state policeman and a secretary, he spent most of his life just outside Lexington. While there, he experienced a relatively normal childhood. Simpson would go on to graduate from Woodford County High School.
But, like many young men, it seems he ended up with a case of itchy feet. After he tossed his mortar cap, he enrolled in the US Navy for a three-year tour. After visiting Japan, and spending some time in Washington, Simpson decided that his heart truly lay back in Kentucky. So, he packed up his bags and headed back to Lexington. While there, Simpson formed his own moderately successful bluegrass group: Sunday Valley. But, the trials of the road soon proved too much for Simpson and his bandmates.
After his first band broke up, Simpson took a break from music and went to work with the Union Pacific Railroad. Only after ample encouragement from his wife and friends did he rejoin the country music scene. After a few years with his old band, the group permanently disbanded in 2012. Less than a year later, Sturgill decided to go solo. The rest, as they say, is history.
Sturgill currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and two young sons.
Sturgill Simpson never pursued high education. He did, however, graduate from Woodford County High School.
- Woodford County High School (WCHS): The only remaining high school in Woodford county, WCHS first opened its doors in 1963. WCHS now serves 1200 students in grades 9 to 12. This school boasts one of the state’s best wrestling teams.