Alabama, Wariner set to join Nashville Musicians HOF
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
– Alabama, Steve Wariner and studio greats were among a slew of artists named to the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Warner will be joining in the musicians category along with Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals.
Alabama (Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen) will join through the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Don Everly was named the Iconic Riff Award for "Wake Up Little Susie."
The Instrumental Song Award will go to the song "Wipe Out," The Surfaris (Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly*, Jim Fuller*, Ron Wilson*)
In the Studio Musicians category, three groups will join. "The Players," consisting of studio stalwarts Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, John Hobbs, Brent Mason and Michael Rhodes will join.
The Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (FAME Studio) - David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan*, Norbert Putnam, Terry Thompson and Friends: Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery, Joe South* and Reggie Young* were named as was the Muscle Shoals Horn Section (Harrison Calloway*, Ronnie Eades, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson and Aaron Varnell*)
The late producer, Owen Bradley, who worked with everyone from Patsy Cline to Loretta Lynn, will join the hall.
Country engineer Billy Sherrill also will be a new member. He was best known for his work with Tammy Wynette and George Jones. He wrote "Stand By Your Man" and produced kd lang's "Shadowlands."
The Industry Icon Award goes to Bob Taylor, Taylor Guitars.
The induction ceremony will be Oct. 22 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
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