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Nashville Songwriters induct four

Monday, October 6, 2014 – Four new songwriters - John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters - entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The event also handed out awards. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year went to rock artist Jack White, who was unable to attend. White has produced Loretta Lynn and includes country in his repertoire.

Songwriter of the Year winner was Ashley Gorley, who wrote several of Luke Bryan's biggest hits.

The Song of the Year went to "Automatic," penned by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert. Lambert sang the hit, which is from her country album.

The Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award went to Pat Higdon, a music publishing veteran.

Craft's hits include "Brother Jukebox," a hit for Mark Chesnutt, "Dropkick Me, Jesus," a hit for Bobby Bare, and "Heart Like a Wheel," from Linda Ronstadt.

Douglas' hits include "The House That Built Me" for Lambert, "I Run to You" for Lady Antebellum, "Love's the Only House" and "God's Will" for Martina McBride, ""Grown Men Don't Cry" and "Southern Voice" for Tim McGraw and "Something Worth Leaving Behind" for Lee Ann Womack.

Peters, who has released seven albums on her own, has penned songs for George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless and McBride for whom she wrote the career song "Independence Day."

Anderson, a Florida native, has enjoyed a long career as a country artist.

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Unlike some country music stars have when they reached a certain age, John Anderson chooses to not rest on his laurels. Instead the 60-year-old member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame continues to release new recordings - although not as frequently as in his chart-topping heyday of 1980-1995 - featuring largely original numbers. While radio airplay may not be as once plentiful - 5 number ones, and over 20 top 20 single appearances - Anderson continues to produce songs that sound like they »»»
Bigger Hands CD review - Bigger Hands
Listening to John Anderson's new CD is taking a trip back in time, to an era in country music history (not that long ago, believe it or not) when talent was all that mattered. You didn't have to be drop-dead gorgeous or Playgirl-centerfold hunky to be a country star because how you sounded was more important than how you looked on CMT. It's a testament to Anderson's talent that he's managed to survive this long into the video age despite being, well, he's no hotty. »»»
I Just Came Home to...; All the People Are Talkin'; Eye of a Hurricane; Tokyo, Oklahoma; Countrified CD review - I Just Came Home to...; All the People Are Talkin'; Eye of a Hurricane; Tokyo, Oklahoma; Countrified
With the addition of these five reissues to the three already in print, the entirety of John Anderson's 1980's output for Warner Brothers is once again available. Collectively, what these records did - or what they were perceived as doing - was foster, if not lead, a traditionalist return in country music. Along with others - Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, George Strait - Anderson reintroduced harder sounds to mainstream country, and that sound is the backbone of each of these five »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Guthrie brings welcome vibe of sweetness – Before launching into "This Land is Your Land," Arlo Guthrie recalled how his father taught him this song when he was just eight or nine. His father, however, wasn't just any father, but the father of protest folk music, Woody Guthrie. Then when Arlo's daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, took the stage midway through the first half of the... »»»
Concert Review: McConnell, fortunately, comes home – Sean McConnell may have left Massachusetts a good 25 years ago, but there was no doubt about what this night meant to him. This was a homecoming for the Nashville-based singer/songwriter. His parents, who moved back to the Bay State from Georgia, other family and folks he said he hadn't seen since he moved, were in the house of the small club.... »»»
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