Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Missing From Country Music Hall of Fame (Updated 2017 Inductees)

The 2017 Country Hall inductees were announced today:  Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz. The process to get into the Country Hall is somewhat similar to the Rock Hall.  This is what I know as of 2017: a nominating committee of 12 puts forth 10-20 names, which are voted on by 100 (or so names).  One act is chosen from 3 categories every year: Veterans Era (40 years after achieving "national prominence").  Modern Era (20 years after achieving "national prominence").   Non-Performer, Songwriter and Recording/Touring Musician categories rotate every 3 years.

Below are a list of artists, session musicians, songwriters, etc., that have yet to be inducted. My list includes many names that are outside of mainstream Country, also known as the Americana genre.  I realize that many of those will never make it.  But as with other music Hall of Fame's, one can only hope that a name or two will get in.

Asleep At The Wheel
Billy Joe Shaver
Brooks & Dunn
Buddy Killen
Charlie Rich
Clint Black
Crystal Gayle
Curly Putnam
Dallas Frazier
Don Rich
Dottie West
Doug Sahm
Dwight Yoakam
Eddie Rabbitt
Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock)
Freddy Fender
Gary Stewart
Gene Watson
Gram Parsons
Guy Clark
Hank Williams Jr.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jimmy Martin
John Anderson
Johnny Gimble
Johnny Horton
Johnny Paycheck
Judds
June Carter Cash
Keith Whitley
Linda Ronstadt
Lynn Anderson
Maddox Brothers and Rose
Marty Stuart
Patty Loveless
Ray Stevens
Ricky Skaggs
Rodney Crowell
Rosanne Cash
Stanley Brothers
Steve Earle
Tanya Tucker
Tony Brown
Townes Van Zandt
Vern Gosdin

Side note:  In 2001 the Hall, realizing a backlog existed, inducted 12 members.  While some wish they would induct more than 1 member from each category, they've kept the 3 inductees a year forumula since 2001.
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