Sign up for newsletter
 

Dillon receives BMI honor

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – Dean Dillon was named this year's BMI Icon at Tuesday's 61st Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) bestows the honor on those who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."

An all-star tribute found Luke Bryan performing Dillon's BMI award-winning hit Unwound. Lee Ann Womack gave an emotional rendition of An Empty Glass and Kenny Chesney performed Holed Up In Some Honky Tonk.

George Strait, who has recorded 54 of Dillon's songs, paid homage with a medley of three of his most notable Dillon-penned hits, including The Chair, Marina Del Rey and Here for a Good Time. Dillon, who has more than 90 charted singles to his credit, joins past BMI Icon honorees Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. He was inducted in to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

A native of Lake City, Tenn., Dillon hitchhiked his way to Nashville in 1973 to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer and artist. Two years later, he caught the attention of hit producer Tom Collins who had Barbara Mandrell cut three of his songs on her "Friends, Lovers and Strangers" album. In 1979, the same year Dean has his first number one song, Lying in Love With You by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, he met a new artist named Strait. Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Vern Gosdin, Toby Keith, Keith Whitley and Lee Ann Womack have cut Dillon's songs.

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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

The Mavericks "Play the Hits" When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical bar that we... »»»
Larue moves "Onward" The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America and abroad, he has had success... »»»
Willis, Robison spin "Beautiful Lie" Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»