For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American music.
With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Tomorrow, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release a 21-track greatest hits album titled Fishin’ in the Dark (Rhino Records). The collection includes the band’s biggest hits on both country and pop radio (“Mr. Bojangles,” “Dance Little Jean,” “Fishin’ in the Dark,” and more), along with many fan-favorites (“Cadillac Ranch” and “Ripplin’ Waters”).
In September 2015, the band celebrated 50 years of music with a sold-out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. NGDB was joined onstage by John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, Jerry Douglas, Jackson Browne, and longtime Dirt Band member Jimmy Ibbotson. In 2016, the band released a live recording (cd/dvd combo) of this night titled Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years. The Ryman show, which was also recorded for PBS won a Midsouth Regional EMMY® for Special Event Coverage at the 31st annual award ceremony in Nashville in January 2017.
Fishin’ in the Dark is available at http://www.nittygritty.com/ and Amazon. A note from the band on the back cover of the CD reads, “This collection represents some of our proudest musical moments over the past 5 decades… Hope you’ve enjoyed the ride nearly as much as we have… And to our fans… You “Dirt Heads” out there… Thanks for making it all possible!!”
1. Mr. Bojangles
2. Ripplin’ Waters
3. An American Dream
4. Make A Little Magic
5. Fire In The Sky
6. Dance Little Jean
7. Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)
8. High Horse
9. Modern Day Romance
10. Partners, Brothers And Friends
11. Stand A Little Rain
12. Cadillac Ranch
13. I’ve Been Lookin’
14. Oh What A Love
15. Workin’ Man (Nowhere To Go)
16. I Love Only You
17. Fishin’ In The Dark
18. Baby’s Got A Hold On Me
19. Face On The Cutting Room Floor
20. Down That Road Tonight
21. Home Again In My Heart
Mar 03 Smokey Mountain Arts Center Franklin, NC
Mar 04 The Roanoke Rapids Theater Roanoke Rapids, NC
Mar 10 Meyer Theatre Green Bay, WI
Mar 11 Effingham Performance Center Effingham, IL
Mar 12 Finkelman Auditorium Middletown, OH
Mar 25 Sunrise Theatre Fort Pierce, FL
Mar 26 Capitol Theatre Clearwater, FL
Mar 27 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sarasota, FL
Mar 28 Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mar 30 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mar 31 Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA
Joined by peers, friends and his Big Machine Label Group family, Justin Moore raised a glass to his sixth No. 1, “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” and its songwriters Rodney Clawson, Natalie Hemby and Matt Dragstrem.
Fittingly surrounded by a vast selection of beverages at SOUTH, the BMI and ASCAP hosted event drew a large crowd of revelers and well-wishers including producers Jeremy Stover, Julian Raymond and BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta. The latter two marked their first No. 1 hit as producers.
The first single from Moore’s fourth studio album, KINDA DON’T CARE, “You Look Like I Need A Drink” acted as a catalyst for the project’s success. He achieved his third No. 1 spot on the Country charts upon the album’s release and produced his second single, “Somebody Else Will.” Moore performed the Top 40-and-rising tune last night during his Grand Ole Opry performance.
The MULTI-PLATINUM selling artist is currently traversing the US on the AMERICAN MADE TOUR with co-headliner Lee Brice performing for packed audiences through April. He will also perform at the NASCAR All Star Race Concert on May 20 in Charlotte, NC.
– CMTT main Photo Credit: Steve Lowry
Devotional: Always Be Humble
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18
A member of parliament took his little daughter to visit Westminster Abbey. As she stood looking up at its magnificent columns, her father asked, ‘What do you think, sweetheart?’ With childlike candor she replied, ‘I was thinking how big you look at home, Daddy, and how small you look in here.’ God’s presence has a way of humbling us.
In the Old Testament, King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?’ The Bible’s filled with examples of people who humbled themselves before God. In Matthew’s gospel he mentions his own name only twice, and both times he calls himself a tax collector. Luke wrote two of the most important books in the Bible without ever once mentioning his own name. And Paul, the Bible’s most prolific author, referred to himself as ‘a fool’ (2 Corinthians 12:11).
He described himself as‘the least of the apostles’ (1 Corinthians 15:9), and later claimed to be ‘less than the least of all saints’ (Ephesians 3:8 ). In fact, as Paul grew older his ego grew smaller, and in one of his final Epistles he referred to himself as ‘the chief of sinners’ (See 1 Timothy 1:15). King David wrote no psalm celebrating his victory over Goliath, but he wrote a psalm of penitence confessing his sin with Bathsheba (Psalm 51). So, always be humble!
Prayer Heavenly Father,
Help me get and stay humble by knowing I am always in Your presence,
That covers me with Your arms. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Kelsea Ballerini is up for the all-genre Best New Artist trophy at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. She’s also nominated with Chris Lane, Chris Stapleton, Granger Smith and Maren Morris for Best New Country Artist. Thomas Rhett is among the night’s performers. See the full list of categories, nominees and performers here. The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live on TBS, TNT and truTV Mar. 5th from the Forum in Los Angeles.
COLMES CALLS IT QUITS Alan Colmes born September 24, 1950 in NYC begins radio career as teenager on Long Island WGBB-1240 Freeport and WGSM-740 Huntington goes on to WABC-770, WNBC-660, WHN-1050, WMCA-570, WEVD-1050 New York. From 1996 to 2009, Colmes is co-host of Hannity & Colmes on Fox News Channel. He often appears on The O’Reilly Factor with his conservative sister-in-law, Monica Crowley. On Thursday morning, February 23, 2017, Alan Colmes, passes away at 66 of undisclosed illness in NYC.
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LAST SPIN FOR RED RIVER ROCK In 1959, Johnny & The Hurricanes instrumental version of Red River Valley (Red River Rock) sells more than a million copies reaches #5 in United States and #3 in Great Britain. In 1960, their version of the United States Army bugle call, Reveille (Reveille Rock), lands at #15. The band includes Johnny Paris (sax), Paul Tesluk (organ), Dave Yorko (guitar), Lionel [Butch] Mattice (bass) and Bill [Little Bo] Savich (drums). On Friday, February 22, 2017, David Yorko passes away of emphysema at 73.
NBC CELEBRATES 90 YEARS NBC celebrates its 90th anniversary. The network’s story begins with NBC radio. The NBC TV portion includes Classic series Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Hill Street Blues, Cheers, The Golden Girls, Seinfeld, ER and Friends. In 1923, RCA acquires WJZ-770 in Newark, NJ (now WABC) from Westinghouse and moves it to New York City. On January 1, 1927, WJZ becomes the flagship station for the NBC Blue Network. On September 13, 1926, RCA forms the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
CHINESE BUYOUT OF DICK CLARK D.O.A. In early November 2016, Chinese real estate giant and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group shocks the industry when it announces its intentions to buy Dick Clark Productions for the outrageous sum of $1 billion. Unnamed insiders cite: Speculation that the Trump administration will not approve the deal is not the primary reason for its breakdown. The deal has fallen apart over problems getting currency out of China and passing regulatory muster with the Chinese state.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first Gold record? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Chuck Buell February 29, 2017. •MARY WALTER former prime fill-in host on FOX News Radio programs joins Brian Wilson as new co-host of Mornings on the Mall 5am to 9am on WMAL-630 Washington, D.C. •EMMIS divests itself of its cluster in Terre Haute, IN. Country WTHI FM (HI 99) and Classic Rock WWVR FM (105.5 The River) go to Midwest Communications. Hot AC WFNB FM (B92.7), Sports WFNF-1130 (The Fan) and WWVR FM (98.5) go to DLC Media.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 EGYPT grants female suffrage on February 27th. •1969 BRADY SEALS Little Texas keyboard player/songwriter (God Blessed Texas #4-1993) born on March 29th in Hamilton, OH. •1974 PAT BRADY Roy’s sidekick (Roy Rodgers Show) dies at 59 on February 27th. •1981 SISSY SPACEK wins Best Actress award as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter on March 31st. •1991 JAMES BROWN R&B singer exits prison cell on February 27th. •2004 PAT GREEN’s Wave On Wave earns his first Gold album on February 26th.
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MARY STODDARD [Sam on KVIL FM 1964] (Dallas, TX) Subject: KVIL Pioneered The Role of Female DJs in Broadcasting in 1964. Hi Jim: KVIL REMEMBERED For Its Historical Advancement of Female Broadcasters: KVIL FM 103.7 made Broadcasting History when it was the first station in Texas to hire a Female DJ, KVIL’s Girl-Named-Sam, to take the Midnight to Dawn, “Nightlight” spot, sponsored by Braniff Airways, in 1964. KVIL will always be remembered fondly by me, as the 1st station in Dallas to hire a Female DJ (1964) to go on the air in a Major Texas Market. I consider it a great Honor to have been the one they chose for this historical event. Ours was the #1 rated show in its timeslot (Midnight to Six daily), and was featured in a national magazine’s (TV RADIO MIRROR Oct. 1965) photo shoot & article. I worked with Legendary Ron Chapman at KLIF (1190), earlier in ’64, but left when offered the job at KVIL. My friend, Ron followed me there a few years later. With Gratitude — Mary SAM Stoddard “The SAMMY” Award, TX Radio Hall of Fame, created to recognize the contributions of Women Broadcasters in Texas, since 1964. Mary Nash Stoddard
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JOANIE GREEN [KPRC TV CH 2, KZEW FM, KFWD FM, KNOK FM, KAUM FM, KILT FM, KNUZ-1230, Metro Traffic, Houston Taping for the Blind] (Tulsa, OK) Hi Jim, I moved to Houston in ’76 and went to work at KAUM, the ABC O & O. I worked there for a couple of years and Weaver (Morrow), whom I absolutely adored, would relieve me for his shift. He was so sweet to me…took me to Glenn Slade’s and made me buy a gun because he didn’t like the hours I would leave KAUM and drive myself home alone. Had some weird stuff happen with guys trying to follow me home and that sort of thing while I worked there and Weaver didn’t like that…one time, when I noticed them following me, I drove right into the Beechnut Police substation and those guys kept driving on… Take care and talk with you soon. Joan
TRIVIA ANSWER: On February 11, 1941, the Glenn Miller Orchestra receives 1st Gold record for Chattanooga Choo Choo from the 20th Century Fox 1941 film Sun Valley Serenade. On December 7, 1941, it becomes the #1 song across the United States and remains #1 for nine weeks. In 1954, Bill Haley & His Comets release their 45 single cover of Chattanooga Choo Choo on Essex Records.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Time in a Bottle. I think Censorship, even when I agree is bad. Just because I do not like what someone says does not mean they are wrong, and at times it keeps information that could help make a situation better. Also I am not much into Boycotts, since they would never know, since I tend to buy very little in the way of Clothes. I still have clothes from the 80’s. Also I still write programs for my own use in BASIC, programmers making a living probably would never use it for Commercial use. I think of a song by Jim Croce, Time In A Bottle. Also Billie Holiday, I Cover The Waterfront at times. Like I saw where Nat Hentof passed away. I liked his book, Jazz Country. Also I liked a sing but not sure who did it. It had the words: Everybody wants to live together, why can’t we live together? I am up early, could not sleep but my hours get messed up. Charles, KC5RAI
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The Battle of Majuba Hill (near Volksrust, South Africa) on 27 February 1881 was the final and decisive battle of the First Boer War
It was a resounding victory for the Boers and the battle is considered to have been one of the most humiliating defeats of British arms in history. Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley occupied the summit of the hill on the night of 26–27 February 1881. His motive for occupying the hill remains unclear. The Boers believed that he may have been attempting to outflank their positions at Laing’s Nek. The hill was not considered scale-able by the Boers for military purposes and thus it may have been Colley’s attempt to emphasize British power and strike fear into the Boer camp.
The First Part of The Battle: The bulk of the 405 British soldiers occupying the hill were 171 men of the 58th Regiment with 141 men of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, and a small naval brigade from HMS Dido. Besides the Gordons, most of these troops were inexperienced and their regiments had not seen action since the Crimean War. General Colley had brought no artillery up to the summit, nor did he order his men to dig in against the advice of several of his subordinates, expecting that the Boers would retreat when they saw their position on the Nek was untenable. However, the Boers quickly formed a group of storming parties, led by Nicolas Smit, from an assortment of volunteers from various commandos, totaling at least 450 men, maybe more, to attack the hill.
By daybreak at 4:30, the 92nd Highlanders covered a wide perimeter of the summit, while a handful occupied Gordon’s Knoll on the right side of the summit. Oblivious to the presence of the British troops until the 92nd Gordon Highlanders began to yell and shake their fists, the Boers began to panic fearing an artillery attack. Three Boer storming groups of 100-200 men each began a slow advance up the hill. The groups were led by Field Cornet Stephanus Roos, Commandant D. J. K. Malan and Commandant Joachim Ferreira. The Boers, being the better marksmen, kept their enemy on the slopes at bay while groups crossed the open ground to attack Gordon’s Knoll, where at 12:45 Ferreira’s men opened up a tremendous fire on the exposed knoll and captured it. Colley was in his tent when he was informed of the advancing Boers but took no immediate action until after he had been warned by several subordinates of the seriousness of the attack.
Over the next hour, the Boers poured over the top of the British line and engaged the enemy at long range, refusing hand-to-hand combat action and picking off the British one by one. The Boers were able to take advantage of the scrub and long grass which covered the hill, something that the British were not trained to do. It was at this stage that British discipline began to wane and panicky troops began to desert their posts, unable to see their opponents and being given very little in the way of direction from officers. When more Boers were seen encircling the mountain, the British line collapsed and many fled pell-mell from the hill. The Gordons held their ground the longest, but once they were broken the battle was over. The Boers were able to launch an attack which shattered the already crumbling British line.
British retreat: Amidst great confusion and with casualties amongst his men rising, Colley attempted to order a fighting retreat, but was shot and killed by Boer marksmen. The rest of the British force fled down the rear slopes of Majuba, where more were hit by the Boer marksmen, who had lined the summit in order to shoot at the retreating foe. An abortive rearguard action was staged by the 15th Hussars and 60th Rifles, who had marched from a support base at Mount Prospect, although this made little impact on the Boer forces. Two hundred and eighty-five Britons were killed, captured or wounded, including Captain Cornwallis Maude, son of government minister Cornwallis Maude, 1st Earl de Montalt.
As the British were fleeing the hill, many were picked off by the superior rifles and marksmen of the Boers. Several wounded soldiers soon found themselves surrounded by Boer soldiers and gave their accounts of what they saw; many Boers were young farm boys armed with rifles. This revelation proved to be a major blow to British prestige and Britain’s negotiating position, for professionally trained soldiers to have been defeated by young farm boys led by a smattering of older soldiers.
Notability: Although small in scope, the battle is historically significant for four reasons
Some notable British historians, although not all agree, claim that this defeat marked the beginning of the decline of the British Empire. Since the American Revolution, Great Britain had never signed a treaty on unfavourable terms with anyone and had never lost the final engagements of the war. In every preceding conflict, even if the British suffered a defeat initially, they would retaliate with a decisive victory. The Boers showed that the British were not the invincible foe the world feared.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
The word ‘repent’ means to acknowledge your sin, renounce it, seek God’s forgiveness, and try to live differently. It means doing an about-face turn and heading in the opposite direction. If you go twenty miles down the road in the wrong direction, it requires doing a U-turn and coming twenty miles back. At first this can seem discouraging. But it’s profitable, because next time you’ll think twice about where you’re headed. Repentance sometimes means making restitution to others. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who got rich by overcharging people. But after he met Jesus he said, ‘If I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much’ (Luke 19:8). God is more than willing to forgive you, but He may allow you to experience the painful consequences of your sin in order to motivate you towards obedience. ‘No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way’ (Hebrews 12:11). Satan will try to tell you that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace, but you’re not. The Prodigal Son wasted his inheritance and ended up in a pigsty. But the day he decided to come back home, his father ran to meet him and restored him to full sonship in the family. And God will do that for you too. ‘Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously’ (Isaiah 55:7).
Prayer Heavenly Father,
please forgive me for the sins I have committed, help me to turn back and start over on the right path.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
This Sunday, ACM nominee Lady Antebellum will help kick off racing season as the headlining entertainment prior to the start of The 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 (2/26 at 12:00P CT on FOX). The following night, the trio will return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2/27 at 10:35P CT on ABC) to join the highly influential R&B/Hip-Hop group Bell Bid Devoe, for a one-time-only “Mashup Monday” featuring Lady AnteBell Biv Devoe.
Dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the most groove-driven song they’ve ever recorded,” Lady A’s “You Look Good” has catapulted up the radio charts landing in the Top 30 only four weeks after its release. As the lead single from their forthcoming sixth studio album Heart Break out June 9th, the new track “mixes a dazzling horn section with a swaggering bass riff” (Associated Press) with “snappy funk drums” (LA Times).
The seven-time Grammy award winner’s “renewed energy” (People) follows more than 18 million units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row, and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Lady A will hit more than 65 shows in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR presented by NABISCO, launching May 26th with special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit http://www.ladyantebellum.com
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Keith Bradford will be counting down the latest AirplayExpress Gospel Top 20 from Nashville Tennessee in the regular slot at the Nashville Broadcast Network this morning. To tune in right now click the NBRN banner to the left. Keith Bradford counts down the latest AirplayExpress Gospel Top 20 in line with AirplayExpress efforts to promote the Artists on featured on AirplayExpress.
Keith Bradford says it is his distinct pleasure and honor to host the Airplay Express Top 20 Gospel radio show. Scheduled for 11 AM every Sunday morning, NBRN.FM looks forward to the very first broadcast with anticipation of a large audience.
This brand new Top20 chart features only the most playlisted songs compiled from the current week AirplayExpress playlists and from playlists sent in by Disc Jockey’s worldwide to AirplayExpress.
The show will be available every week at AirplayExpress’s RadioWorld for download by Radio Stations for airing on their radio stations and worldwide networks. We are happy to announce that the following radio stations worldwide have confirmed that they will run the Gosple Top20 everyweek, Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network NBRN.FM, Musical Venture Radio Panama and WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio
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In a month’s time, the Country Music Association will elect one new member/act to the Country Music Hall of Fame in each of its 3 categories: Modern Era, Veteran Era & Songwriter/Musician/Non-Performer this category rotates, this year a songwriter will be elected
For this article, I’m focusing on the Modern Era candidates, who are eligible for induction 20 years after they first achieve “national prominence.” While there are several candidates who could also be considered in the Veteran Era (40 years after achieving national prominence), the pool of possible Modern Era candidates includes, among others, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, David Allan Coe, Crystal Gayle, Mickey Gilley, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, The Judds, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Charlie Rich, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Shania Twain, Gene Watson, Keith Whitley, Hank Williams Jr. and Dwight Yoakam.
While all of the aforementioned names are deserving candidates, here are three of the leading nominees—in my opinion.
Mustachioed and mulleted, Alan burst onto the country music scene in 1990 with his platinum-selling debut album, Here in the Real World. But that success—and mullet—didn’t happen overnight. To truly appreciate the heights to which this singer/songwriter has risen, it’s important to know where he stated. Born into humble beginnings in Newnan, Ga., in 1958, Alan grew up listening to the spiritual sounds of gospel music in his family’s local church. After a friend introduced him to the stylings of Gene Watson and Hank Williams Jr., Alan became hooked on the everyman lyricism of country music. When Alan was 16, his parents bought him a $50 guitar, and he made his first public performance a year later.
After graduating from high school, Alan worked a series of blue-collar jobs, started his own band, Dixie Steel, and became a frequent performer at local clubs. He scraped by on the regional circuit before landing his big break in 1986 when his wife, Denise, who was working as a flight attendant, met Glen Campbell and gave him a copy of Alan’s demo. Alan secured a songwriting gig at Glen’s publishing company, eventually becoming the first artist to sign with Arista’s new Nashville division in 1989. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Over the course of the next 27 years, Alan unleashed 35 No. 1 hits, including his 9/11 tribute “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” dropped more than a dozen platinum albums and earned two Grammys, 16 CMA Awards (three for Entertainer of the Year) and 18 ACM Awards. He has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time.
The folkloric escapades of Alan are almost as compelling as his music, from spontaneously adding a snippet of George Jones’ “Choices” to his set at the 1999 CMA Awards to donning a fake mullet and stonewashed jeans in his 2014 artist-in-residence show at the Country Music Hall of Fame. And if it’s been a while since you’ve reveled in the awesomeness of the 1993 music video for “Chattahoochee,” stop reading right now and watch it.
Born it Kentucky. Raised in Ohio. Perfected in California. Singer, songwriter, musician, actor—Dwight Yoakam is a man of many hats in the figurative sense, but you probably recognize him from the low-tilted Stetson that frequents his dome. Underneath that cowboy hat is undeniable genius. For the last 30 years, Dwight has been swiveling his talented hips across the U.S. of A. with a distinctive croon that’s unmatched in the genre.
Along the way, Dwight has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and earned 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum This Time. Five of those albums have topped Billboard‘s Country Albums chart as well as two Billboard No 1 singles (“Streets of Bakersfield” and “I Sang Dixie”). In addition, Dwight has been nominated for 21 Grammy awards, winning two during his illustrious career.
More impressive than all of his accolades, Dwight was a pioneer in the area of country rock. Dwight mixed his Kentucky country roots with touches of Bakersfield and punk rock to create a new kind of country music, one that found its way to a younger—and definitely hip—audience. Toss in his movie and television roles and you have the definition of a diversified entertainer. Speaking of diversification, in 2016 Dwight added another genre-crossing album to his repertoire with Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars, a collection of tunes from his past catalog that were reinvented as bluegrass ditties. Plus, Johnny Cash called Dwight his favorite modern country artist. That’s not something you put on your Hall of Fame plaque—that’s something you put on your tombstone.
First of all, can you believe Hank Williams Jr. is NOT in the Country Music Hall of Fame? That, itself, is a travesty. But let’s get down to brass tacks, because 2017 could be the year Rockin’ Randall carries on the family tradition (his daddy was inducted in 1961). Hank Jr. has released 37 albums over his six-decade career, selling more than 70 million worldwide. In addition to his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (at least this HOF got it right), Jr. has topped the charts with 13 singles and has thrice been named the ACM Entertainer of the Year and twice the CMA Entertained of the Year. Add six platinum albums, 20 gold albums and a Grammy to his résumé, and you’ve got badass Bocephus who was a pioneer in bringing arena rock productions to country music with epic songs like “Family Tradition,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” and “A Country Boy Can Survive.”
Speaking of surviving, he fell off a freakin’ mountain in 1975 and came back with a rockin’ vengeance. Plus, he has three nicknames—Rockin’ Randall, Bocephus and Jr.—and most people don’t even get one.
Unfortunately, non-musical factors may play a part in Hank Jr.’s exclusion. He’s a controversial straight-shooter and has a history of making inflammatory political comments, such as the anti–Obama invective that eventually led to his dismissal from Monday Night Football. Incidents like that don’t always sit well with voters. Not saying that’s the actual reason why he’s not in the Hall—and what voter would admit to that, anyway—but you have to raise the question.
Toby Keith courtesy Shock Ink; Alan Jackson by Russ Harrington/Schmidt Relations; Clint Black courtesy PFA Media; Travis Tritt courtesy Aristo Media; Dwight Yoakam courtesy Warner Bros Records; Faith Hill courtesy PFA Media; Shania Twain by Brian Bowen Smith/Mercury Nashville; Marty Stuart courtesy The Greenroom PR; Naomi and Wynonna Judd by Matthew Rolston/The Oprah Winfrey Network; Hank Williams, Jr. by David McClister/Nash Icon Records
– Jim Casey | NashCountryDaily