2008 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees
Well, it’s been just over a week since I suffered through watching the whole CMA Pop Country Award Infomercial, and I am happy to report that I am finally able to keep solid foods down, and I finally achieved my first solid bowel movement since Kid Rock took the stage with “Lil Wayne,” making me stricken with violent diarrhea that stank worse than Brad Paisley’s canned jokes.
Nashville is killing country music, and I’m fighting mad about it.
But I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Out of all the country music institutions that have completely sold out of the almighty dollar, there is one that stands as a beacon on the hill.
While the CMA’s yoked Kenny Chesney with another “Entertainer of the Year” award, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced their 2008 inductees, and I have to say, I don’t know if I could’ve picked them better myself.
Tom T. Hall
He was an Outlaw by anyone’s measure, writing songs for Johnny Cash, George Jones, Waylon Watashin Jennings, and the original outlaw Bobby Bare. He also performed at Willie Nelson’s Dripping Springs Reunion where the Texas Outlaw movement was born. But he was a songwriter before he was a performer, specializing in storytelling songs, and while most songwriters are forgotten by Nashville, the Hall goes out of its way to recognize this vital element of country music.
I wrote about her in my Gram Parsons Blog and all I have to say is that she is one of my favorite female country singers ever, behind only maybe Dolly and Loretta.
My top 3 Emmylou Albums:
Pieces of the Sky
Roses in the Snow
And along with these greats, the 2008 Hall class also includes the great Statler Brothers, and country-bluegrass music pioneer Ernest “Pop” Stoneman.
And as if you needed any more reasons to be miffed at the CMA’s, this was THE FIRST YEAR EVER that the Hall of Fame inductees were NOT formally recognized on the show. EVER!
Yet they had plenty of time to run out rap and reggae artists, and to let Brad Paisley and Keith Urban make out for 5 minutes, wanking each other’s guitars off.
But I have to say, every time I see Nashville cross the line and try to make country as pop as they can, they are slowly digging their own graves. More and more people are seeing through this stuff. And soon we will rise up and take our music back.
Mark my words.
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November 20, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
This blog, as with most others that you compose, tell the story of how Nashville and Corporate Nashville are killing the once righ and true musical genre. SCM and IBWIP stand together in the fight to keep REAL country music alive. Keith and Kenny can eat a dick and Brad…. well Brad was really a good songwriter until Corporate Nashville forced him to write “novelty songs” and nothing else. We here at IBWIP are honord to know yall and to be part of the revolution with ya.
November 20, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
Hell yeah, thanks for reading man.
October 17, 2011 @ 8:24 pm
heroes hooking up with zeros – that about sums it up…it really irks me to tell you the truth but i think it has to do with a desire for these ‘older’ singers to have some younger fans & i think they are willing to compromise a bit with a well known modern country singer aka zero in order to make it happen. just saw david allen coe in concert and he talked like he was really proud of working with kid rock & to me thats just really strange, coe is a really really good songwriter, so im thinking, he has to know that kid rock is straight garbage right? maybe his taste-ometer is broken. DAC is still great though!