CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018…

This is an especially strong class. I was a surprised that Johnny Gimble wasn’t in long ago…but then the Country hall does have strict guidelines and standards. Ricky Skaggs made a joke at his induction about not having to explain to people anymore why he wasn’t in the hall. And I’m strong for Dottie West any day of any year. A class all country music fans can take to heart.

One of the architects of Western Swing…

The savior (almost single-handed) of bluegrass…

And the woman who survived horrific child abuse (including sexual abuse) to become one of the great voices of her generation, racking up dozens of hits on her own across two decades (more than a few of which she wrote), plus many more with her three Hall of Fame duet partners, Jim Reeves, Don Gibson and Kenny Rogers. She was also the first female country singer to win a Grammy.

She even wrote jingles. Then made hits from them….

They broke the mold on these three. The Hall did itself proud this time around.

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