HOF Inductees Announced; Buzz Around “Accidental Racist” Continues; Punch Brothers Documentarian Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Juli Thanki | April 10th, 2013

  • The new Hall of Fame inductees were announced this morning: Kenny Rogers (Modern Era), Bobby Bare (Veterans Era), and Cowboy Jack Clement (Non-Performer category).
  • On May 10, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a spotlight exhibit dedicated to Lee Greenwood. Lee Greenwood: American Patriot will run through April 25, 2014.
  • Dierks Bentley’s been working on new material; he’s aiming to release a new single in May and an album in the fall.
  • Filmmaker Mark Meatto has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the DVD/BluRay release of Punch Brothers documentary How to Grow a Band.
  • Dale Watson talks up Ameripolitan music with Sonya Harvey of the Houston Press.
  • Stream Jonny Fritz’s new album, Dad Country, at American Songwriter.
  • Gillian Welch and David Rawlings talk about Nashville in this World Café interview.
  • WNYC is streaming Amy Speace’s new record, How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat.
  • Paste premiered a new Treetop Flyers video.
  • Blake Shelton will officiate at Kelly Clarkson’s wedding.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Nora Jane Struthers for CMT Edge.
  • Here are a few videos of Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s recent WFUV visit.
  • There’s a Gregg Allman biopic in the works.
  • CMT Edge premiered a new Dawes video.
  • UPDATE: Here’s a photo Barry Mazor took at this morning’s Hall of Fame Induction Announcement.

2 thumbs and a finger



  1. Janice Brooks
    April 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Good choices but I’m sure my Dotty West friends are disappointed. It’s a producers year.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    April 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “•The new Hall of Fame inductees were announced this morning: Kenny Rogers…”

    Such a complete surprise! Absolutely nobody could have seen it coming.

  3. TX Music Jim
    April 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I was very suprissed that Kenny was the modern era pick. Deserved no question but I thought it was going to be Ricky Skaggs or Alan Jackson. I am super happy about Cowboy Jacks induction and Bare was a no brainer. I still hold out ever fading hope that someday Gram Parsons will be inducted.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    April 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    At least Rogers made it while he still qualifies as “modern”.

    Bare is also highly deserving. He was both mainstream and alt at the same time. What other country artist could put out major-label albums geared toward radio airplay (and get it!) and fill them out with tracks about cross-dressing, bestiality, castration and men with extra “equipment.” Good thing there was no WalMart in his day to ban his albums or force him to clean them up.

  5. Barry Mazor
    April 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I think of that photo as two thumbs up and a finger. Cowboy Jack, glad to say, remains Cowboy Jack.

  6. Janice Brooks
    April 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Rothman got it right about Bluegrass history in the Time article

  7. Rick
    April 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Until such time as the Maddox Brothers and Rose get inducted into the CMHOF, I will continue to consider that an illegitimate institution!…(lol)

    Music City Roots is back tonight after a couple of week hiatus. Tonight’s artists include HuDost (sounds like some kind of Scandanavian food product), The Howlin’ Brothers (who really should cover “I Put a Spell on You”), Roger Alan Wade (I guess that three names are better than two), and The Saint Johns (getting a bit uppity there, aren’t we?). The zany Jim Lauderdale hosts.
    Schedule: http://www.musiccityroots.com/shows

    Go Norah Jane Struthers! She needs to try to channel Jimmie Rodgers again so she can come up instead with another Patsy Montana style classic like “Cowgirl Yodel #3″. Forget all this bluegrass nonsense!…(lol)

  8. BRUCE
    April 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Cowboy Jack and Bobby Bare are great choices. Rogers not so much but that is because I simply have never cared for his singing. That is not to say he isn’t deserving. Personally I was pulling for Skaggs or the Oak Ridge Boys.

    Drunk-head Shelton will probably be under the influence and marry Clarkson to her maid-of-honor.

  9. Paul W Dennis
    April 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Outstanding set of selections

    Although I’m not a huge Kenny Rogers fan, he is worthy

  10. Luckyoldsun
    April 11, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Well, now that Bare and Rogers are finally in, are there any artists left who are absolutely slam-dunk no-bout-a-doubt-it Hall-of-Famers who have been overlooked?

    It raises the question: Can the Hall of Fame invite the Oak Ridge Boys to be “Artists in Residence” this year? I mean, do they have enough space and beds for all four of them?

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