This year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are here we can't argue withe list a bit.
After all, their music spans almost six decades and is comprised of some of the most famous country songs ever written and recorded! Later this year Alan Jackson, Don Schlitz and the late Jerry Reed will be inducted into the hallowed body in Nashville.
Jackson helped define country music through the 1990s and early 2000s with songs like "Here In The Real World," "She's Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)," Chattahoochee," "Livin' On Love," and "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)." "For me to say I'm honored sounds like the standard old response, but for a man who loves country music there is no higher honor," he says in the press release. "This is the mountain top!"
No less moved by the honor was Schlitz, the humble songwriting genius behind "The Gambler," "When You Say Nothing At All," "Forever And Ever, Amen" and a long list of others classics. "I live in the parentheses; I'm just a small part of a wonderful process of making music," he adds. "This is overwhelming and humbling."
Reed, who made his mark not only as an artist, but as songwriter, musician and actor (most notably in the Smokey And The Bandit movies alongside Burt Reynolds), died just outside Nashville in 2008. "Thank you, CMA and Country Music Hall Of Fame, for recognizing all the years of love, dedication, and hard work that daddy put into his craft," his daughters Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala say in the release. "He loved country music and would be so deeply humbled and appreciative if he was here."
Here are some notable performances from each of the new inductees:
Alan Jackson, "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
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Don Schlitz, "The Gambler"
Don Schlitz performing "The Gambler" at Music City Roots live from the Loveless Cafe on 5.08.2013
Jerry Reed, "Eastbound And Down"
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Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.