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Yoakam tops list of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – Dwight Yoakam leads a list of six songwriters who will join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

Larry Gatlin, Rivers Rutherford, Sharon Vaughn, Marcus Hummon and Kostas also will be inducted in October.

The six new inductees will join the 213 existing members of the organization when they are officially inducted during the 49th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, Oct. 14.

"Nashville has a rich history of iconic songs and deeply-gifted songwriters, making our community known around the world as the song town," says Sarah Cates, chair of the organization's board of directors. "The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates this history by inducting a new class of legends. It's our great honor today to welcome class of 2019: Marcus Hummon, Kostas and Rivers Rutherford in the songwriter category; Sharon Vaughn in the veteran songwriter category, Dwight Yoakam as our songwriter/artist and Larry Gatlin as our veteran songwriter/artist."

Hummon's songwriter credits include "Cowboy Take Me Away" (The Dixie Chicks), "Born To Fly" (Sara Evans) and "Bless The Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts).

Kostas' resume is known for "Timber, I'm Falling In Love" and "Blame It On Your Heart" (Patty Loveless) and "Ain't That Lonely Yet" (Yoakam).

Rutherford's hits include "Real Good Man" (Tim McGraw), "When I Get Where I'm Going" (Brad Paisley with Dolly Parton) and "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" (Brooks & Dunn

Vaughn is the writer of "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (Willie Nelson), "Y'all Come Back Saloon" (The Oak Ridge Boys) and "Lonely Too Long" (Loveless).

Yoakam popularized many of his own compositions, including "Guitars, Cadillacs," "Fast As You" and "You're The One."

Gatlin recorded many of his self-penned hits with his brothers, Steve and Rudy (The Gatlin Brothers), including "All The Gold In California," "Statues Without Hearts" and "Broken Lady."

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