The Country Music Hall of Fame has selected three historic artists for this year’s induction, including Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and Dean Dillon. The lineup honors many disciplines of Country.
Each artist represents a different category. Williams will be inducted as a Veterans Era Artist, Stuart will be inducted as a Modern Era Artist and Dillon in the Songwriter category. The CMA announced the inductees virtually, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The three men developed unique career paths during their careers.
Hank Williams Jr.
Born into three generations of songwriters, the 71-year old super star has been entertaining for six decades. His career tied heavily to Hank Williams Sr., touring with his father through much of his adolescent life. Williams’ iconic look was crafted from near tragedy after falling 500 feet off a mountain while hiking in Montana. After two years of recovery, the singer used his trademark beard, sunglasses and hat to hide scars
Williams Jr. eventually became a star in his own right, producing hits like “Whiskey Bend and Hell Bound,” “Family Tradition” and his most notable single “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” which served as the theme song for Monday Night Football.
This Tennessee born artist started picking and strumming at age 12, joining the Sullivan Family bluegrass band during the 1970’s. It was that classic influence that drove Stuart to join Johnny Cash’s band in 1980, helping the legend to write song and perform. By the 1980’s he became a household solo artist with tracks like “Hillbilly Rock,” “Tempted” and “Burn Me Down.” As times changed, so did Stuart’s ability to create relevant music.
He formed “The Fabulous Superlatives,” who would be a staple of his self-named television hit The Marty Stuart Show. Marty is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry and served as a reliable source for Ken Burns’ “Country Music” documentary film.
Considered among the most revered Country songwriters alive, Dillon garnered success with the help of George Strait. The duo recorded more than 50 songs together with hits like “Down and Out,” “Famous Last Words of a Fool” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.” Dean eventually broke out as a solo artist and found some success in the 1990’s, but would always find his best work via partnerships with artists like Kenny Chesney (“A Lot of Things Different”) and Brooks & Dunn (“Waitin’ On Sundown”).
No word yet on when the ceremony will take place. Representatives say a date for the ceremony will come at a later time.