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4/5/17

As the Nashville community shakes off the effects of a raucous weekend in Vegas, the Country Music Association regrouped to announce that Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz  are the 2017 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“These three storytellers have added much to our lives, and to the story of Country Music,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “They stand as models of undeniable eloquence and empathy. Over many decades, they have brought laughter, joy, and tears to millions. The Hall of Fame Rotunda will be grander for the presence of Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz.”

“Each of this year’s inductees are well versed performers and songwriters and have helped define Country Music and popular culture,” noted CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.

Inducted as a Veterans Era Artist, Reed, who died in 2008, enjoyed an eclectic career spanning decades as a session man, songwriter, Grammy-winning hit maker and cinematic sidekick to Burt Reynolds, most notably in the Smokey and the Bandit films. Considered a virtuoso guitarist–he was twice honored as CMA Instrumentalist of the Year–his songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee and Gene Vincent. His own hits include “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and “Amos Moses.” He earned CMA Award nominations in four different decades.

From the modern era, Jackson has been one of country’s most successful singer-songwriters of the 90s and 00s. Thus far, he's had 81 CMA nominations in his career, second only to George Strait; and 30 chart-topping singles, most notably his 9/11 epic “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” which was a Grammy Song of the Year nominee. 

Inducted in the songwriter category, Don Schlitz has penned 50 Top 10 hits, including “The Gambler” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” His songs have been covered by Alison Krauss, Tanya Tucker and Randy Travis, among many others. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for later this year at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater.