Yesterday, the CMHOF announced that Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Whitley, and Joe Galante are the newest inductees. Congratulations to them. My position remains that the biggest shortcoming of the hall is the lack of recognition for the earliest stars. Those who made the earliest country records aren’t in. The earliest country artists on radio aren’t in, either. The artists who made the first number one hits when the country charts began aren’t in, either. It’s beyond embarrassing at this point. “Honor thy music” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” are hard to take seriously when the earliest stars are so grossly neglected. The hall needs a pioneer category to address this issue.
CMA Fest announced the lineups for Fan Fair X today. The first thing that stands out is that there are just two stages, instead of three like the last few years. The Spotlight Stage features mostly unknowns, but that’s the whole point of that stage. The Close Up Stage features interviews and other special features. In previous years, this was the stage where I saw Bill Anderson, Bobby Bare, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Ray Stevens, Ricky Skaggs, and Charley Pride. There are few big names this year and a lot of worthless filler. I realize there’s still some time left to add performers, but the whole festival looks like a step down from previous years. If you like far left activists and vapid pop wannabes, you’re in luck, but long time country fans have to be disappointed. Why are there so few older and traditional country artists on the lineup compared to previous years?
I realize this is a very short post, but it’s what I have for now. It looks like my schedule is pretty open this summer, so I should be able to see a lot of live music in Texas and elsewhere.