Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens, and Jerry Bradley

Three new members will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019:

Modern Era

Brooks & Dunn

The most successful duo in country music history will be inducted in the Modern Era category.  When we ranked the most worthy inductees in this category back in 2017, Brooks & Dunn came in seventh.  They are the first act to be inducted that was launched in the nineties, although Alan Jackson had his first big hit in 1990 and both Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn charted solo singles in the eighties.


Veteran Era

Ray Stevens

The comedian, singer, songwriter, and producer will be inducted in the Veteran Era category. When we ranked the most worthy inductees in this category back in 2017, Ray Stevens was not included in this very competitive category.  However, our #1 choice, Ricky Skaggs, was inducted last year.

Non-Performer Category

Jerry Bradley

Former RCA record executive Jerry Bradley joins the hall in the Non-Performer Category, which inducts a member every third year, rotating its slot with the Songwriter and Studio/Touring Musician categories. In addition to helping start Fan Fair and producing acts like Eddy Arnold and Dottie West, Bradley led the RCA label during the peak of Hall of Fame artists like Dolly Parton and Ronnie Milsap.

We’ll update our Hall Worthy posts soon for the first two categories, even though only one of the twenty we’ve listed have joined the Hall since then.  What are your thoughts on this year’s inductees?



  1. Never got to see them in concert but I agree B&D are worthy of selection to the CM H of F. My most frequently played B&D song in my i-tunes library is “How Long Gone”. (It’s also one of my favorite country songs with “Gone” in the title.) Other favorites include:
    “Red Dirt Road” (love the line “Learned that happiness on earth ain’t just for high achievers.)
    “Only in America”, “He’s Got You” and their cover of Roger Miller’s “Husbands and Wives”.

  2. I have nothing against any of these inductees — and congratulate them all — though I am greatly disappointed to not see Tanya Tucker finally get the recognition/honor/induction she so rightly deserves.

  3. It is interesting that a more traditional singer always get’s an edge over a pop crossover. I actually agree that they should be given an edge. That being said, I do agree it’s time for Crystal & Tanya to be inducted. I actually think they both should have been in there before a number of singers that are already in there. I understand they have to appeal to younger fans, but I think it’s silly to have a veteran and modern category. Whomever is most deserving should be the first to go regardless. Adding singers early for business purposes cheapens the Hall in my opinion. Being in the Hall of Fame SHOULD be a difficult thing to get into.

  4. I agree with these. But the next ones most deserving are, in no particular order: Tim McGraw, Martinga McBride, Crystal Gayle, and Tanya Tucker.
    There are a few that I’d like to see get in but for one reason or other, they have a snowballs chance and I recognize it: Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, and the Dixie Chicks.

  5. I think that Patty Loveless is a likely future inductee. I agree on the worthiness of the other three, but it seems like the late eighties in general have gone down the memory hole, despite the merits of Mattea and Whitley. The Chicks, we’ll have to wait and see. The next couple of Modern Era inductees will confirm whether the Hall is truly putting commercial success as the top priority. That’s their best shot of getting in, despite musical merit being higher than artists of the same era.

  6. Re. Ray Stevens: While there’s a hell of a lot about his stuff of recent decades that I find just plain awful, I think his acumen as an arranger and Southern-fried comic able to veer between bizarre novelties like “The Streak”, “Mississippi Squirrel Revival”, and “Gitarzan” and the more serious stuff like “Mr. Businessman” and “Everything Is Beautiful” can’t be denied.

    One bit of trivia about R.S.: Both “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Streak” were #1 pop hits in, respectively, 1970 and 1974. And both times, they were dislodged from those positions by one Paul McCartney, first with “The Long And Winding Road” (the last #1 hit for the Beatles in America), and then with “Band On The Run” (which was Paul and his post-Beatles band Wings).

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