Discussion: Country on the Council


November 7, 2008

Recently, President George W. Bush appointed Lee Greenwood to serve on the National Council on the Arts. This will be a six year term for Greenwood. He will serve alongside thirteen other private citizens and six ex-officio Members of Congress.

According to the National Endowments for the Arts website, “Members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts, their expertise or profound interest in the arts, and their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts.”

While Greenwood is no doubt qualified and I am happy to see country music represented on this Council, I will admit that there are other artists that would have been preferable choices to Greenwood for me.  Taking the above criteria into consideration, I not surprisingly, submit the name of Vince Gill as my alternative choice.  He more than meets the required credentials, I’d say.

Who would your choice be?

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  1. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar says:

    To me the obvious name would be Marty Stuart. I would also consider Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris to be qualified

  2. Kevin J. CoyneNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting question. I’d go with Alison Krauss.

  3. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    Charley Pride or Reba, although any of the ones mentioned would be finr choices

  4. MarcNo Gravatar says:

    My choice would be to stop wasting tax money.

  5. J.R. JourneyNo Gravatar says:

    I second Marty Stuart.

  6. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    I would second Emmylou if we’re talking about musicians. If we expand it to other arts, like, say, the cinema, how about Steven Spielberg?

  7. MartoneNo Gravatar says:

    Buddy Miller
    Jim Lauderdale
    Marty Stuart

  8. ZachNo Gravatar says:

    Reba or Dolly.. thats just me ;)

  9. Chris N.No Gravatar says:

    I’ll third Marty Stuart.

  10. RRNo Gravatar says:

    Emmylou Harris–for personal talent (singing and songwriting), fearlessness as an artist, experience and activism, as well as personal history (her father fought in Korea), she has virtually no peers.

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