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BREAKING NEWS: Alan Jackson is the 2017 ‘Modern Era’ Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee

Jerry Reed (Veteran Era) and Don Schliltz (Songwriter) round out the class of 2017. Here’s the press conference:

 

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8 responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Alan Jackson is the 2017 ‘Modern Era’ Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee

  1. Paul W Dennis April 5, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    A worthy set of inductees . I would have put in Dallas Frazier ahead of Don Schlitz but Schlitz is worthy. For next year I’d like to see the CMHOF finally get around to the WIlburn Brothers and Tanya Tucker. I hold out no hope for Wynn Stewart , Tommy Collins, Ralph Mooney, James Burton Don Rich or Bradley Kincaid and only minimal hope for Jack Greene or David Houston

  2. Alan Jobe April 6, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Fine additions to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. For Jackson, some would say it’s way overdue while others will say there is a long waiting list of artists who started out before him. Regardless, I don’t think anyone could argue that Jackson definitely deserves to be in. He’s an amazing singer, songwriter, and person. I’m extremely happy for him

    I will say that I’m tired of only one person in each of the three categories getting in each year. Why not make it two or three in each category and catch up on some deserving artists?

  3. Michelle Aussie country girl April 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I’m pleased for this year’s inductees, but I agree with you Alan Jobe there needs to be more inductees in each category each year, I was really hoping that Tanya Tucker would finally be inducted.

  4. Ken April 7, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Good selections across the board this year. But as usual many worthy candidates that have been waiting in the wings were again overlooked.

    I agree with Paul that Dallas Frazier is a worthy candidate as are The Wilburn Brothers. Teddy & Doyle should have been inducted decades ago. They qualify by multiple accomplishments – performers, songwriters, publishers, talent/booking agency and a syndicated TV show that exposed country music to new audiences during an era with no cable & few country music programs on TV. Given their extensive resume the committee that makes the final decision obviously has a bias against them because the duo clearly made a significant impact on country music on multiple fronts.

    My votes for future consideration include Don Rich as a major co-innovator of the Bakersfield Sound with Buck Owens who often stated without Don there would be no Buck Owens. Wynn Stewart and Tommy Collins also deserve membership for their West Coast innovations. Guitarist James Burton and steel player Ralph Mooney deserve induction as well. Can’t begin to count how many country hits they played on creating iconic licks with their distinctive styles.

    I’m not sold on Tanya Tucker. Other than scoring hit records nothing she did was truly innovative or long-lasting in my book. Her bad behavior at times kept her name in the tabloid headlines but I’ve never heard anyone make a good case that she impacted country music in a meaningful or significant way. The Hall Of Fame should honor folks for more than having chart hits but sadly there have been several inductions in recent years that seem to just use a string of hits as their major criteria for admission. Whenever that happens it degrades the value of the institution.

  5. Luckyoldsun April 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    It’s a bit conspiratorial–and self-indulgent–to say that the Wilburn Brothers not being in the H-o-F is proof that the selection committee is “biased” against them. On what might that bias be predicated: Nationality, religion, sexual orientation?
    The Wilburn Brothers are not exactly Roy Acuff or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys or Hank Williams–acts that transcend their era and would be deemed obvious H-o-F members by anyone interested in the genre’s history. Given that membership is severely limited, it could be that many of the selectors even like the Wilburn Brothers a lot but have just chosen other artists for the H-oF.
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    Oh, and by the way, who might these artists be who were inducted into the H-o-F “in recent years” based on “just a string of hits,” and “degrade the value of the institution”!? Randy Travis? Charlie Daniels? The Browns? The Oak Ridge Boys? Hank Cochran? Mac Wiseman? Ronnie Milsap? Kenny Rogers? Bobby Bare? Cowboy Jack Clement? Connie Smith? Garth Brooks? Someone else? It’s easy to throw shade when you just speak ex cathedra and hide behind generalities.

    • Ken April 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      The Hall Of Fame committee has always been biased against certain individuals based on Nashville music industry politics. It has nothing to do with “nationality, religion, sexual orientation” (That you would seriously believe that is more than a little odd). That’s why it took Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, Carl Smith, Jimmy Dean, Ray Price and Faron Young so many years to be inducted. There are limited slots available for new Hall Of Fame members each year but when qualified artists that were eligible for inclusion 20-30-40 years ago still have not been inducted there’s obviously something else in play. Especially when individuals with lesser credentials have been admitted during those intervening years.

      At one time the Country Music Hall Of Fame was a very exclusive institution limited to those individuals or groups that made a significant and lasting impact on the country music genre. Longevity in the country music industry and/or charting many hits was not thought to be criteria for admission. Early members such as Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and Eddy Arnold personified the intent of the honor. Over the years as music evolved Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Garth Brooks earned their places in the Hall. But in recent years there are acts that I cannot understand why they were selected. In all cases they were very good singers and/or performers, But I cannot see how they had significant and long-lasting impact on country music to the extent that Hall Of Fame membership was warranted. Examine inductees from the past decade or so using that criteria and it’s quite easy to spot those that are not truly Hallworthy.

      • Luckyoldsun April 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        Because you refrained from directing a bunch of personal invective in my direction, I’ll respond with similar restraint.
        I think that the term “bias” suggests that the voters used some illegitimate criterion for not voting in a candidate. If voters simply voted for a different candidate whom they felt was more worthy, that’s just doing their job.
        The artists inducted in the last dozen years are as follows.
        Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed.
        Randy Travis. Charlie Daniels.
        The Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns.
        Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman.
        Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare
        Garth Brooks, Connie Smith.
        Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard.
        Don Williams, Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky.
        Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark.
        Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, the Statler Brothers, Ernest Stoneham.
        Vince Gill, Mel Tillis.
        George Strait, Sonny James.
        I, personally, might have made some different choices than the H-o-F voters did, but I think everyone’s list would be different. I’ll leave it to others to comment as to whether any of those artists are unworthy or “degrade the value” of the Hall of Fame.

  6. Cora May 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Alan Jackson at the Country Music Hall of Fame? Are you kidding me? This makes a much sense as hearing Nicki Minaj on a heavy metal station! Alan Jackson is what destroyed country music. This is the guy who dumbed down country music and made it look ignorant (i.e., that 9/11-exploiting song where he couldn’t tell the difference between Iraq and Iran) and lived up to negative stereotypes of the genre (Country Boy, It’s Alright to be a Redneck). Not to mention he helped invent bro-country (Chattahoochee, which has various bro-country buzzwords like beer, trucks, and moonlight. Oh, and did I forget to mention Alan covered Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz” and Akon’s “Don’t Matter” at one of his concerts. He’s truly the Nickelback of country music. #AlanJacksonKilledCountry

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