June 3, 2022 Living Members of the CMHOF

Today, it was announced that Alan Jackson would not be performing at CMA Fest next week. No reason was given. He’s the only CMHOF member who was scheduled to perform. Whispering Bill Anderson is still scheduled to do a meet and greet session.

How is it possible for CMA Fest, with its vast resources, to have zero CMHOF members perform? I know there are some acts in town. On Wednesday, the day before CMA Fest, I will see CMHOF members Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, and Emmylou Harris at the Ryman and on Tuesday, I’ll see CMHOF members The Oak Ridge Boys at the Grand Ole Opry. Why did the CMA completely fail in scheduling even one hall of famer at CMA Fest this year?

Here are the living members of the CMHOF with year of induction:

Loretta Lynn (1988) – retired from performing

Willie Nelson (1993) – still actively touring

Brenda Lee (1997) – hosting her 40th annual Sunday Mornin’ Country at the Ryman during CMA Fest (but not an official CMA Fest event)

Bud Wendell (1998) – retired music executive and oldest living CMHOF member at 94

Dolly Parton (1999) – still active

Bill Anderson (2001) – scheduled for official CMA meet and greet, but not scheduled to perform at CMA Fest, even though he will perform on the Opry during CMA Fest

The Jordanaires (2001) – Ray Walker is the only one still living.

Kris Kristofferson (2004) – retired

Alabama (2005) – still touring (and note that Mark Herndon was part of the group when they were inducted, and as far as I know, he is still drumming somewhere)

George Strait (2006) – still touring

Vince Gill (2007) – performing on the Opry during CMA Fest

Emmylou Harris (2008) – performing at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam on Wednesday

The Statler Brothers (2008) – Jimmy Fortune is still actively touring

Barbara Mandrell (2009) – retired

Charlie McCoy (2009) – performing on the Opry during CMA Fest

Bobby Braddock (2011) – songwriter

Reba McEntire (2011) – still touring

Garth Brooks (2012) – still touring

Connie Smith (2012) – performing at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam on Wednesday

Bobby Bare (2013) – retired ?

Ronnie Milsap (2014) – still touring

The Oak Ridge Boys (2015) – still touring

Randy Travis (2016) – retired

Alan Jackson (2017) – was scheduled to perform at CMA Fest, but cancelled

Don Schlitz (2017) – performing on the Opry during CMA Fest

Ricky Skaggs (2018) – still touring

Brooks and Dunn (2019) – still touring

Ray Stevens (2019) – frequently performs at his own venue CabaRay

Jerry Bradley (2020) – music executive

Dean Dillon (2020) – performing at the Bluebird Cafe on Monday

Marty Stuart (2020) – still touring and will host his 21st annual Late Night Jam at the Ryman Wednesday

Hank Williams, Jr (2020) – still touring

Eddie Bayers (2021) – drummer for the Opry house band

The Judds (2021) – Wynonna is still touring

Joe Galante (2022) – music executive

Jerry Lee Lewis (2022) – no longer touring

Let me know if I’m missing anyone. It appears there are two dozen or so living CMHOF members who are still actively performing, and about half of those are performing somewhere in Nashville during CMA week. What possible excuse does the CMA have for not having any of them on official CMA Fest stages this year? Why is the CMA excluding the country hall of fame legends from CMA Fest?!?

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