On August 12, the Country Music Association announced the newest members to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Marty Stuart, songwriter Dean Dillon and joining his father as a member Hank Williams Jr.

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The 71 year of Williams who lost his 27 year old daughter in an auto accident in June said, “I have been making Top 10 records for 56 years. ,I fell off a mountain and tried to reinvent myself as a truly individual artist and one who stepped out of the shadows of a very famous man… one of the greatest. I’ve got to thank all those rowdy friends who, year after year, still show up for me. It’s an honor to carry on this family tradition. It is much appreciated.”

For many years, Williams and his song “All My Rowdy Friends are Comin’ Over Tonight” served as the opening the Monday Night Football on ESPN.

During hi career, Williams has had 10 number one Country songs on the Billboard Country charts, a Grammy Award, is a two time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, and has three Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Marty Stuart is a five time Grammy Award winning performer who has performed with Lester Flatt, Johnny Cash.

Stuart said via a statement, “it is the ultimate honour in country music.  I’m so honored to be included in this class and I’m honored to be included alongside Hank Jr. and Dean Dillon. I love those people. To be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is beyond words. I’m usually not at a loss for words.”

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Songwriter Dean Dillon has penned chart topping songs for George Strait, David Allan Coe, George Jones,  Chris Stapleton, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith.

In a statement Dillon said, “I was just speechless.  Trying to soak in the words that I had just heard. My life flashed before my eyes. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather.”


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