True Tears As True Legends Were Announced As Country Music Hall of Fame Member-Elects

True Tears As True Legends Were Announced As Country Music Hall of Fame Member-Elects

Nashville, TN, March 27, 2018.
Garth Brooks was crying, Trisha Yearwood was crying and I doubt there was one dry eye in the ever-growing, unbroken circle in the Rotunda, whether present or past.

It was at the yearly announcement of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, when it is revealed to the public who the inductees are.  Musicians and/or business people that have made such an impact on country music and shared their talents in such a way they are worthy of the highest honor there is for someone who’s lived and breathed country music for practically all their lives. 
This year’s press conference was hosted by none others than Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks - the later was inducted in 2012.  Brooks called this day a “highly anticipated day for celebration.”
The first Hall of Fame Member-Elect announced was Johnny Gimble, who during his over fifty year career played with everyone from Bob Wills to Carrie Underwood.  “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” by George Strait is a recording that comes to mind when thinking of this year’s Recording and/or Touring Musician category Inductee, who passed away in 2015, but the numerous recordings he appeared on contributing to the furthering of country music’s sound is countless.  Present to represent Bob Wills was his touched by the moment son Cary and granddaughter and they even sang a song that Bob Wills had written.
Dottie West was the next legendary name to be presented to us and she is going to be inducted in the Veteran’s Era Artist category.  West was the first female country artist to be awarded a Grammy®. It was for her “Here Comes My Baby”, that she also had written.  Before she became a star, she had one of her songs recorded by Jim Reeves.  Speaking of stars, Jeannie Seely - who West helped in the beginning of Seeley’s career – held an emotional speech telling us how Dottie loved lights and kept them shining in her home, and Seely said now she’ll have “all the d*** lights in heaven shining for her.”  Dottie West left this earth in 1991 after trying to recover from injuries after a car accident she had on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
Emotional did also Modern Era Artist category Hall of Fame future member Ricky Skaggs get as he was thanking everyone that had played a part in his life of music.  He talked about how his father had a radio playing that intrigued him as little. He said: “My dad gave me the love for music, but my mom gave me the love for Jesus.”  Skaggs came to Nashville to pursue a career when Emmylou Harris took a year off (Skaggs was playing in her Hot Band at that time).  But his beginnings were in Kentucky, where he started learning to play the mandolin at age five and already by the age of ten had appeared playing with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs.  The most emotional and tear jerking part of his speech though, was when he started thanking his family The Whites, especially mentioning his wife Sharon and his Father-In-Law Buck White whom Skaggs incontestably has a deep and fond respect for.

After today’s announcement, the circle has been extended by three more than deserving members-to-be, and that will make a total of 136 later this year when the official medallion ceremony takes place.

Shelley Ridge for Country Music International Magazine

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