Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announces 2019 Inductees

Ceremony will be held in October 2019

Larry Gatlin, Dwight Yoakam, Marcus Hummon, Kostas, Rivers Rutherford and Sharon Vaughn will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2019. The six new inductees will join the 213 existing members of the elite organization when they are officially inducted during the 49th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, October 14th at the Music City Center in Downtown Nashville.

“Nashville has a rich history of iconic songs and deeply-gifted songwriters, making our community known around the world as THE song town,” says Sarah Cates, chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. “The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates this history by inducting a new class of legends. It’s our great honor today to welcome our class of 2019: Marcus Hummon, Kostas and Rivers Rutherford in the songwriter category; Sharon Vaughn in the veteran songwriter category, Dwight Yoakam as our songwriter/artist and Larry Gatlin as our veteran songwriter/artist.”

Marcus Hummon’s songwriter credits include “Cowboy Take Me Away” (The Dixie Chicks), “Born To Fly” (Sara Evans) and “Bless The Broken Road” (Rascal Flatts). Kostas’ resume is known for “Timber, I’m Falling In Love” (Patty Loveless), “Blame It On Your Heart” (Patty Loveless) and “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” (Dwight Yoakam). Rivers Rutherford’s hits include “Real Good Man” (Tim McGraw), “When I Get Where I’m Going” (Brad Paisley w/ Dolly Parton) and “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You” (Brooks & Dunn). Sharon Vaughn is the writer of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” (Willie Nelson), “Y’all Come Back Saloon” (The Oak Ridge Boys) and “Lonely Too Long” (Patty Loveless). Dwight Yoakam popularized many of his own compositions, including “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Fast As You” and “You’re The One,” Larry Gatlin recorded many of his self-penned hits with his brothers, Steve and Rudy (The Gatlin Brothers), including “All The Gold In California,” “Statues Without Hearts” and “Broken Lady”

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala is one of the music industry’s premier events of the year. The evening features tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists. In recent years artists such as Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jimmy Buffett, Ronnie Dunn, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood have performed at or participated in the event.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Gala are $250 each and benefit the nonprofit Nashville Songwriters Foundation. Select seating is available to the public and may be purchased as available by contacting Executive Director Mark Ford via email or 615-460-6556.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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