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Dunn, Oslin named to Nashville Songwriters Hall

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October, it was announced today.

The five new inductees will join the 208 existing members of the organization when they are officially inducted during the 48th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 28.

"This time of year, as board chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, I am always reminded of the broad variety and high quality of the songwriting talent we are so fortunate to be able to celebrate," said Pat Alger. "The musical trends might change through the years, but for us it always comes down to great songs and legendary songwriters - the bedrock of the town that continues to be hailed as Music City. This year's nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame were inspiring and impressive as always, each one deserving recognition for the impact they made. Today it's my great honor to welcome the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2018: Byron Hill and Wayne Kirkpatrick in the songwriter category; Joe Melson in the veteran songwriter category; Ronnie Dunn as our songwriter/artist and K.T. Oslin as our veteran songwriter/ artist."

Hill's songwriter credits include "Pickin' Up Strangers" (Johnny Lee), "Fool Hearted Memory" (George Strait) and "Nothing On But The Radio" (Gary Allan).

Kirkpatrick's resume is known for the Grammy-winning "Change The World" (Eric Clapton) and "Little White Church" (Little Big Town) and the Broadway musical Something Rotten!. Melson is the co-writer of the Roy Orbison hits "Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)," "Crying" and "Blue Bayou."

Dunn popularized many of his own compositions, including the Brooks & Dunn hits "Neon Moon," "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and "Believe."

Oslin recorded many of her self-penned hits, including "80s Ladies," "Hold Me" and "Come Next Monday."

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