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It's the ultimate honor for those in country music. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late producer/songwriter Cowboy Jack Clement entered the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday during an invitation-only ceremony in Nashville. The night included performances by Kris Kristofferson, Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, along with some heartfelt speeches.
Kenny Rogers, recently stopped by KTTS to chat with Rick and Summer about his play "The Toy Shoppe". It stars Billy Dean and is being performed at the Starlite Theatre in Branson. Kenny was quoted Sunday saying "The Hall of Fame is forever, baby!" And it is.
If you are a real fan of country music, and you never have, you need to plan a trip to Nashville and The Country Music Hall of Fame. There's some very cool things to see in the mecca of country music. Last time I was there we got lost looking thru the Ernest Tubb record store, which has been there forever. I picked up a boxed set by Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, who are kings of western swing. Very cool, very fun music. I got a collection of Bill Monroe, who's considered the father of bluegrass and a master of the mandolin. Theres a ton of stuff by artists I never heard of, like the Louvin Brothers. I recognized some of the song titles, but it was interresting to hear the original recording by the guys that wrote them.
There's just something cool about popping in a c.d. of Hank Williams Sr from back in the 50's. The guy was way ahead of his time.
If someone says to you "I just don't like country music", it's because they ain't listening.
Who do you think you're listening to today, that will be voted into the Hall of Fame tomorrow?