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Brooks, Skaggs join Musicians Hall

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs and Don Felder of the Eagles are among the list of those set to enter the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.

The new inductees are:

Garth Brooks & The G-Men - The G-Men are musicians who played with Brooks on all of his studio albums. This show will be a rare opportunity to see the G-Men play with Brooks live in concert. Members include Bruce Bouton (steel guitar), Mark Casstevens (rhythm guitar), Mike Chapman (posthumously, bass), Rob Hajacos (fiddle), Chris Leuzinger (lead guitar), Milton Sledge (drums), and Bobby Wood (keyboards).

Jerry Reed (posthumously) - Known as "the Guitar Man" after his 1967 hit single of the same name, Reed gained recognition not only for a successful solo career, but also as an actor and a session player.

Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section (The Sound of Philadelphia) - This group of session musicians created a genre of soul music with funk influences, often with sweeping strings and piercing horns, which sets the unique sound of Philadelphia apart. These musicians have added their talents to hits such as "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "La La Means I Love You" by the Delfonics, and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Members include Ronnie Baker (posthumously, guitar), Tommy Bell (keyboards), Charles Collins (drums), Bobby Eli (guitar), Dennis Harris (guitar), Norman Harris (posthumously, guitar), Vince Montana (posthumously, vibes), TJ Tindall (posthumously, guitar), Larry Washington (posthumously, congas), Jimmy Williams (bass), and Earl Young, the drummer who was credited as the inventor of the disco style of rock drumming.

Ricky Skaggs

Engineering Award

Lou Bradley - Bradley began his engineering career working for WPFA radio in Pensacola, Fla. where he built his own recording studio. From there, he moved to Atlanta and worked for Bill Lowery Music Co., where he engineered hits such as "Cherry Hill Park" by Billy Joe Royal and "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" by The Tams.

Mark Miller - Miller, a highly successful Nashville engineer, has engineered "18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses", "Walk The Way The Wind Blows", and "Love At The Five And Dime" with Kathy Mattea. And "Small Town Saturday Night", "Past The Point Of Rescue" and "Mama Knows The Highway" with Hal Ketchum.

Ron "Snake" Reynolds - Reynolds has engineered more than 600 Billboard Top 40 hits including 60 number ones, 100 gold, platinum and multi-platinum records, has received 9 GRAMMY citations, 6 Golden Reel Awards and two "Country Music Engineer Of The Year" awards. He started at Nugget Records owned by Fred Carter, Jr. in Goodlettesville, Tenn., where he signed an artist development and songwriting contract. In 1972, he started working as a staff engineer with Columbia Records Studios in Nashville.

Joe Tarsia - Tarsia has engineered pop music songs, earning him over 150 gold and platinum record awards. Credits include albums such as "A Brand New Me" by Dusty Springfield, "To Know You Is To Love You" by B.B. King, and "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" by Teddy Pendergrass, to name a few. Click to Longer Bio Here

Producer award:

Allen Reynolds - Reynolds has "Talking In Your Sleep" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle, "18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses" by Kathy Mattea, and Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" and "The Dance". Reynolds also wrote the hit single "Five O'Clock World" for the rock band The Vogues in 1965.

Iconic Riff Award - "Hotel California"

Don Felder - Felder is renowned as a lead guitarist formerly of the Eagles. He created the guitar intro and solo in "Hotel California."

The induction ceremony and concert will be held Oct. 26, in Nashville.

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