Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome’s very own Jeff Brown was recognized and honored for his long standing contributions on Saturday. Jeffrey was commissioned as an honorary Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steven L. Beshear. The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels does not appoint or commission Kentucky Colonels; that can only be done by the sitting Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The name “Kentucky Colonel” has become synonymous with strength of character, leadership and dedication to the welfare of others.
Jeff Brown is instrumental in both creating quality bluegrass music and in promoting traditional music to upcoming generations. Jeff began playing at the very young age of nine. He and his brother formed the Richlands Bluegrass Boys performing at festivals, fairs, Churches, family reunions etc. In 1993, Jeff started to work for the legendary Larry Sparks as bass player and tenor singer. Jeff worked as a Lonesome Ramblerfrom 1993 to 1996. He continued to play various dates and recording projects with Larry until forming Still Lonesome in 2012.
Jeff has performed on many famous stages such as: the Grand Ole Opry at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee, along with the television shows Austin City Limits in Austin Texas and Song of the Mountains on PBS. One notable, while performing with Sparks at the Carter Fold in Hiltons Virginia, Jeff was ask to play bass for Johnny Cash along with his wife June Carter Cash.
Jeff has taught traditional music for many years. He helped establish the Traditional Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College as well as taught an after-school program for elementary and middle school students. Jeff also has served as Coordinator and Co-chair for the Virginia Mountain Music Festival for the last decade. Jeff serves on the musician’s board with The Crooked Road and is always looking for ways to help preserve the music and heritage.
The honor has been given to a broad variety of notable people – including various celebrities, artists, writers, athletes, performers, businesspersons, U.S. and foreign politicians, and members of foreign royal families – some of whom have no obvious connection to Kentucky. The selection process is intended to identify only those with a reputation for high moral standards and a record of "good works" accomplishments.
Over the years, many celebrities have held the title Kentucky Colonel. Here is a list of a few of the individuals: Ashley Judd, Bill Clinton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Crystal Gayle, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, George Bush, Hugh O’Brien, Jeff Foxworthy, Jeff Gordon, Louise Mandrell, Marie Osmond, Mel Tillis, Muhammad Ali, Naomi Judd, Phyllis Diller, Richard Petty, Ronald Reagan, Tom T. Hall, Whoopi Goldberg, Winston Churchill and Wynonna Judd to name a few.