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Nashville Songwriters induct four

Monday, October 6, 2014 – Four new songwriters - John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters - entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The event also handed out awards. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year went to rock artist Jack White, who was unable to attend. White has produced Loretta Lynn and includes country in his repertoire.

Songwriter of the Year winner was Ashley Gorley, who wrote several of Luke Bryan's biggest hits.

The Song of the Year went to "Automatic," penned by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert. Lambert sang the hit, which is from her country album.

The Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award went to Pat Higdon, a music publishing veteran.

Craft's hits include "Brother Jukebox," a hit for Mark Chesnutt, "Dropkick Me, Jesus," a hit for Bobby Bare, and "Heart Like a Wheel," from Linda Ronstadt.

Douglas' hits include "The House That Built Me" for Lambert, "I Run to You" for Lady Antebellum, "Love's the Only House" and "God's Will" for Martina McBride, ""Grown Men Don't Cry" and "Southern Voice" for Tim McGraw and "Something Worth Leaving Behind" for Lee Ann Womack.

Peters, who has released seven albums on her own, has penned songs for George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless and McBride for whom she wrote the career song "Independence Day."

Anderson, a Florida native, has enjoyed a long career as a country artist.

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Bigger Hands CD review - Bigger Hands
Listening to John Anderson's new CD is taking a trip back in time, to an era in country music history (not that long ago, believe it or not) when talent was all that mattered. You didn't have to be drop-dead gorgeous or Playgirl-centerfold hunky to be a country star because how you sounded was more important than how you looked on CMT. It's a testament to Anderson's talent that he's managed to survive this long into the video age despite being, well, he's no hotty. »»»
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With the addition of these five reissues to the three already in print, the entirety of John Anderson's 1980's output for Warner Brothers is once again available. Collectively, what these records did - or what they were perceived as doing - was foster, if not lead, a traditionalist return in country music. Along with others - Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, George Strait - Anderson reintroduced harder sounds to mainstream country, and that sound is the backbone of each of these five »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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