Well, it has already started. The headline from the Associated Press wire story this afternoon was , "Garth Brooks, 2 Others Named CMHOF Inductees."
With that said, many of us watched and listened this morning as Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and Hargus "Pig" Robbins were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame for 2012. All three were there this morning for the announcement and all were thrilled by the honor.
For what it is worth, I will first say that I really hate it when I see a headline like I quoted above. Yes you can say that Garth is the headliner of the class, but all 3 were equally elected and it makes it sound like Garth is more important than Connie and Pig, and that they are after thoughts. Shame on the person who wrote that headline.
We knew Garth was going to get in sooner than later, but I wished it had been later. There were so many more deserving nominees that have waited years for the honor that should have been elected before Garth. While I mentioned on my previous post that I thought Garth would be the one elected, I still thought Ronnie Milsap and a couple of the others deserved the honor more than Garth.
I don't think anybody can complain about Connie Smith getting elected. She is one of the great female singers in history and still receives a warm reception at the Opry. She is still active with her recordings and touring. While I know that she did not win many awards when she was younger, she set the standard for many of today's female stars.
The problem for me is that the veterans category is so backed up with worth candidates. I can name The Browns, Bobby Bare, Jerry, Reed, Dottie West, Wilburn Brothers, Archie Campbell, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper just to even start. And the backlog gets bigger each year as more of the veteran artists fall into this category. Here is something to think about. Connie Smith was elected from the veterans list and she is 70 years old. Ronnie Milsap was a finalist in the modern era and he is 69 years old. The difference is that Connie started her career as a recording artist way earlier than Ronnie. It is safe to say that once Ronnie falls into the veterans category, he will be elected fairly soon.
I have no issue at all with Pig Robbins being elected. You hear his piano on just about every recording out of Nashville. While many of us thought of Don Rich or Brother Oswald to name 2, I don't think any of us have an issue with Pig being elected.
Congratulations to Garth, Connie and Pig on this great honor, the highest in country music.