Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2017
Vern Gosdin, Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols are set to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame later this year. The four tunesmiths make up the Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.
Gosdin (2017's songwriter / artist inductee), McBride (this year's veteran songwriter inductee), Aldridge and Nichols join the 203 prominent and successful songwriters that are currently part of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. They will inducted during the 47th anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala, set to take place on Oct. 23 at Music City Center in Nashville.
“The quality of the songs that emanate from the legendary Nashville songwriting community is most often the standard by which songwriters measure their success,” says Pat Alger, chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame's board of directors. “Iconic songs from its eminent songwriters help make this town the musical sanctuary it has become, and, in turn, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates the illustrious careers of those songwriters each year by inducting four new members, the highest honor that any Nashville songwriter can hope for. "
Aldridge is known for songs such as “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” (Ronnie Milsap), “Holding Her and Loving You” (Earl Thomas Conley) and “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” (Travis Tritt), while Nichols has penned “I’m Over You” (Keith Whitley), “Heads Carolina, Tails California” (Jo Dee Messina) and “Live Like You Were Dying” (Tim McGraw). McBride's most famous songs include “Rose in Paradise” (Waylon Jennings), “Chasing That Neon Rainbow” and “Chattahoochee” (both made famous by Alan Jackson), and Gosdin's well-known recordings “Set ’Em Up Joe,” “I’m Still Crazy” and “Chiseled in Stone.”
In 2016, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees included Aaron Barker, Bob Morrison, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Townes Van Zandt. More information on the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’s current and past inductees can be found on the Hall of Fame’s official website.
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