Hank Williams Junior, Marty Stuart and Dean Dillon are the latest slated to be enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In what seems long overdue Hank Jr. is headed for the hall and his wild, rowdy, boot-stomping sing-along songs like "Family Tradition", "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down" and "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" are among the reasons why. Williams represents the veterans era of artists.
Marty Stuart, an amazing live performer, represents the modern era. His hits include "Hillbilly Rock", "Burn Me Down", "Now That's Country" and his collaborations with Travis Tritt.
Then there's Dean Dillon representing the songwriter's category. You may not know the name but you certainly know his work. He helped pen hits for George Strait, including "The Chair," "Ocean Front Property", "If I Know Me." and "The Best Day" Other Strait classics Dillion is at least partly responsible for include "Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her", "Marina Del Ray" and The Breath You Take" among many others. He also co-wrote "Tennessee Whiskey" for David Allan Coe, George Jones released it as well. But it was Chris Stapleton's version that really paid off for Dillon. Kenny Chesney has Dillon to thank for "A Lot Of Things Different" while "Homecoming '63" and "Miami My Amy", hits by the late Keith Whitley, each started with pencil, paper, a guitar and Dean Dillon.
A date for the official medallion ceremony will be announced later.