Hall of Fame Honors Tammy Wynette

One of the most distinctive performers in country’s lengthy history will be highlighted at the Country Music Hall of Fame with the Aug. 20 debut of Tammy Wynette: First Lady Of Country Music, Presented By Great American Country Television Network. Poised for a 10-month run, the exhibit will feature photos, film footage, recordings and memorabilia from her life and career, including awards, stage clothing, her 1977 appointment book and a lead-crystal vase filled with cotton that Tammy picked with her own hands. For years, she kept the vase on her coffee table — likely as a reminder of the working-class roots from which she rose. Read More

Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill Join the Hall of Fame

Some of music’s finest talents — Ronnie Milsap, Shelby Lynne, Craig Morgan, Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill — were among a bevy of significant artists and Music Row executives who witnessed Sunday’s induction of two new members to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Ferlin Husky and songwriter-producer Billy Sherrill. In a here-today-gone-tomorrow culture, the names might not ring familiar to everyone. A girl in her 20s outside the Hall asked at the end of the night about Sunday’s soiree, then shrugged her shoulders in a “Who?” sort of manner when told the names of the inductees. But both men provided important building blocks to get the genre to the mainstream idiom it is today. Read More