Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013 Country Hall Inductees

In 2001, the Country Hall of Fame, realizing a huge backlog, inducted 12 names as a catch up member. Since then they've gone back to 3 names a year: Modern Era, Veterans and Non-Performer.

And guess what has happened in the last 12 years? A backlog has started again.
This year they are inducting Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Cowboy Jack Clement. All names that should have been in there already.

But left behind with this 1 name a category scenario are major names like a Ronnie Milsap, Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Williams Jr., Randy Travis, John Anderson, Charlie Rich, Stanley Brothers, Tanya Tucker, Doc Watson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Ricky Skaggs, etc.

Unlike the Rock Hall backlog, the Country one will not number in triple digits because the genre is smaller. But, surely, they can get more than 3 names a year in there.

And I should also point out that unlike the Rock Hall, the Country Hall does not announce its nominees.  Although if you look hard enough you might be able to find a leaked list online.  Every leaked list I've seen shows that voters have 5 names in each category to choose from.

There is a growing outcry to get more in there, but the Hall seems intent on its recent course.
But the grumbling is growing.

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