Bonnie Hill Is On a Mission to Get Keith Whitley Honored In Hall of Fame

Brody Vercher | August 7th, 2008

  1. Dan M.
    August 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Uh oh, now everyone in the country music blogosphere will know how ig’nant I am! The plug is much appreciated, though.

  2. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I’d love to have a Travis and Marty album!

  3. Matt C
    August 7, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I love me some Keith Whitley, but he is not even close to deserving a spot in the hall of fame.

  4. Stormy
    August 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I think if you add up his singing, writing and musical contributions, Keith deserves a spot.

  5. Thomas
    August 7, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    here’s a useful one:
    Country music – the rough guide
    by kurt wolff
    isbn 1-85828-534-8
    $ 25.– approx.
    on 596 pages you get insightful essays, concise biographies of hundreds of performers, critical album reviews and pictures for the time period 1920 – 2000

  6. Lynn
    August 7, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve mentioned it before, but are Trey Fanjoy and Roman White the only two music directors in Nashville? Are they on retainer with the labels? Cheap?

  7. Rick
    August 7, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I think the Country Music Hall of Fame needs two wings / levels, one for the A team first stringers (as it is now), and a B Team section for artists that made significant contributions but didn’t reach the A Team status level. There are many such artists who fall into that “B” category and maybe Laura Cantrell could get all those female artists favorites of hers included! (lol)

    I think Elvis Presley’s recording of “Blue Christmas” is one of the most annoying songs ever. On the other hand, the version by Amber Dotson on the “Christmas Angels” compilation kicks ass….

    The six finalists on GAC Star thankfully include one of my favorite male country artists of the last few years Lane Turner. Back around 2005 Lane was signed to Warner’s Nashville and released a couple of radio singles that went nowhere. Lane is similar to Georger Strait except that Lane writes his own songs and is one of the songwriters with Major Bob Music. Country Radio’s attitude was “We already have George Strait, so who needs this guy…”. Lane cut a fantastic debut album for Warner’s that was never released but thankfully a few advance copies leaked out. A CD single was released but sold in miniscule quantities since Top 40 radio ignored him. As talented as Lane is I don’t expect him to win as the majority of voters will be young “airhead country” fans who thrive on Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts. These types couldn’t recognize a truly talented traditional country artist if one bit them on their designer jeans clad ass…..

  8. Rick
    August 7, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    PS – Here’s a direct link to a video of Lane singing “Little Book of Matches” that was one his unreleased debut album. All of the songs were of this caliber. The video is super low budget as this was obviously made after lane was cut from the Warners label..


  9. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Being a sucker for Christmas music myself, I’ve never liked “Blue Christmas” at all.

  10. Rick
    August 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Leann, what do you think about Lane Turner’s song on the music video? You have good taste in music, so if you like it maybe others here will click on the link and check it out! I’d like to hear some feedbacl on Lane for the discerning regulars here at The 9513! (lol)

    (Dang, I think everyone is so busy over at the new forum that the main blog here is going to be neglected…..)

  11. Paula
    August 7, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Rick – I cant access the link here at work, but I heard Lane a couple of years ago at a writers round and I’m pretty sure that is one of the songs he did. Never-the-less, I remember that I was VERY impressed with him, both as an artist and a writer.

  12. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Rick, thanks. I’ll check him out. I’m working on some other stuff right now (mainly ripping music to my computer), but I’ll get to it soon. Remember though, I *do* like much of the “airhead country music” of which you often speak.:)

  13. Razor X
    August 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Rick said, “I think the Country Music Hall of Fame needs two wings / levels, one for the A team first stringers (as it is now), and a B Team section for artists that made significant contributions but didn’t reach the A Team status level.”

    Don’t you think it would be a bit of a back-handed compliment to be inducted to the Hall of Fame B Team?

  14. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Razor X,

    I laughed out loud on that point! Too true! I wonder how they’d go about announcing that category?

  15. Dan M.
    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Rick, I’m with Razor; I would rather not be included at all than be cemented in “second-tier” status.

  16. Chris N.
    August 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I’ll stick up for Elvis’ “Blue Christmas.” I always heard it as a bit of intentional self-parody — Elvis imitating Elvis.

  17. Peter
    August 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    The story (and I’m not sure it’s not apocryphal) goes that Elvis hated BC so much, he insisted the Jordinaires sing that background part to try to sabotage it as a hit

  18. Brady Vercher
    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    We had a news roundup around last Christmas that talked about Elvis’ version of “Blue Christmas.” The roundup was titled, Even Elvis’ Crap Turns To Gold.

  19. Hollerin' Ben
    August 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    man, you guys are crazy, “Blue Christmas” is awesome!

  20. Peter
    August 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Hey brady – I knew I’d read that before; funny I’d forgotten I’d read it here…..I will never take the9513 for granted again!

  21. Trailer
    August 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I’m also a fan of Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” love it love it love it. Self parody, crap or whatever, it’s good to my ears.

  22. Hollerin' Ben
    August 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I’m with you on this one Trailer.

    ‘course I love pretty much everything Elvis did.

  23. Brady Vercher
    August 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I’m thinking you need to read Dana Jennings book Sing Me Back Home, Ben. It’ll validate your existence.

  24. Hollerin' Ben
    August 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    hhaha, damn! validate my existence, huh? I have been desperately searching for such a thing, so I’ll have to check that book out.

  25. Brady Vercher
    August 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Haha, I figured that’d be the best way to get you to read it.

  26. Hollerin' Ben
    August 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    wow, I’m reading an excerpt on (we live in a wonderous age) and I’m pretty blown away. Methinks I’ll go pick up a copy after work. Thanks Brady.

    If anyone else wants to check it out…

  27. Paul W Dennis
    August 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    1) I loved Keith Whitley’s singing but he simply didn’t have enough of a career to justify his inclusion into the CMHOF. I don’t think he was tremendously influential in that his primary influence was Lefty Frizzell and Lefty was also the primary influence for Randy Travis and John Anderson so there were others around to keep that particular karma going. Moreover, the others were contemporaries who were considerably more successful than Keith, as well as less self-destructive

    2) I hate the idea of creating duets with the deceased. The Hank Sr. / Hank Jr duets at least are understandable as something Hank Jr felt the need to do in order to connect with his father, but otherwise the concept seems ghoulish

    3) Give me Ernest Tubb’s 1948 version of “Blue Christmas” any day !

  28. leeann
    August 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t particularly like duets with the deceased either. Mainly because the remasterd recordings of the deceased artist usually is not as good as the recording of the living artist, so it’s kind of annoying to listen to the two being spliced together. It just doesn’t sound natural enough to me.

  29. Dan M.
    August 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    This plug netted me so many views and so much good advice today, I have to throw out a second “thanks”!

  30. Rick
    August 7, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Here is some news so hot I just had to share it! (lol) (from

    ” Two Special Versions Of Brooks & Dunn’s Put A Girl In It Now Available From Your Arista Regional Office!

    Brooks & Dunn have made TWO special versions of ther Top 5 hit, Put A Girl In It available to COUNTRY Radio.

    Begin your weekends with the new “5 O’clock Whistle” version, perfect for the Friday night ride home.

    If NASCAR is part of your programming, consider the “Racing Version” of the song.

    Your Arista Nashville Regional Director will get ‘em to you right away…just ask!”

    See, I just knew you all wanted to know that! (lol)

  31. Stormy
    August 8, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Paul: He also played with the Clinch Mountain Boys, so he is a part of that legacy.

  32. Hollerin' Ben
    August 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm


    I picked up the book and have been reading it. It is validating my existence.

  33. leeann
    August 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Uh oh! Is it something that I should buy then? I’m starting to wonder now.:)

  34. Brady Vercher
    August 12, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Sweet, glad to hear you’re liking it, Ben. I wrote a review on here somewhere and would be interested in hearing your thoughts when you’re done reading it.

    Leeann, you might enjoy it. I don’t rightly know though, since you’re a fan of the 90s. It particularly focuses on the 50s through 70s and what made the music so great from the poor/working man’s experience.

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