Great Additions to the Country Music Hall of Fame

This morning they announced they’re sticking Jean Shepard, Reba, and Bobby Braddock in. If you don’t know who Reba is, I guess you’ve just been living under a rock. Bobby Braddock wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which should have gotten him in had he written no other song, if all he did every day was wake up and sniff his own farts, roll over, and go back to bed, he’s still contributed more to country music just in that one song than most people have in their whole careers. But he’s also written a bunch of other stuff, including “Golden Ring” which never fails to get me choked up in the end. Jean Shepard you may not have heard of, but she and Jeannie Seely… well, I’m sure they wouldn’t think of themselves as feminists. I suspect they’d think, at the least, that label meant a lot of theory and non-leg shaving. But Shepard and Seely are exactly the women that run around town (and have for decades) going “Well, I can so do that. And so can other gals.” Shepard deserves to be in for her on-stage work, but her back-stage influence shouldn’t go unacknowledged.

3 thoughts on “Great Additions to the Country Music Hall of Fame

  1. Did you watch the livestream? Jean was awesome; the first thing she did was urge them to put in the Wilburn Brothers, the Browns, Jimmie C. Newman and a couple of others whom I have forgotten, so they could be alive to enjoy their induction.

    She was classy and wonderful.

  2. I watched it, and the first thing she did was scold the crowd for not having more women in it.

    I cornered Jeannie Seely at a reception once, to tell her how much I admire her, and I wouldn’t be surprised from the way she spoke to me to hear that she does label herself a feminist. Of course, since I started out by talking about how cool it was when she became the first female host on the Opry, she surely knew it was safe to talk about herself that way to me.

  3. Bobby Braddock wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which should have gotten him in had he written no other song, if all he did every day was wake up and sniff his own farts, roll over, and go back to bed, he’s still contributed more to country music just in that one song than most people have in their whole careers.

    Damn if that’s not the truth. I can’t listen to that song without crying every time.

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