Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn & More Earn Honors From Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame [Photo Gallery]

Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn & More Earn Honors From Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame [Photo Gallery]

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2018 at the Music City Center on Oct. 28: Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson.

The fivesome joins more than 200 existing members of the organization, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks and more.

Byron Hill and Wayne Kirkpatrick were selected in the Songwriter category, while Joe Melson secured his spot in the Veteran Songwriter category. Ronnie Dunn and K.T Oslin were elected in the Songwriter/Artist category.

In addition, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame honored Reba McEntire with the inaugural Career Maker Award for her “significant influence on the songwriting careers of Hall of Fame members.”

Reba has recorded 80 songs—including 33 singles—that were written or co-written by more than 40 songwriters who have gone on to achieve induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Career Maker Award was created to honor a non-Hall of Fame member whose artistic endeavors have helped songwriters achieve their dreams of induction into the Hall of Fame.

A number of artists were on hand to honor the inductees with performances, including Runaway June, Brandy Clark, Shawn Camp, Mo Pitney, Jesse Labelle, Jon Pardi and Little Big Town.

Partial Songwriting Credits of New Hall of Fame Members

  • Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn
    “Neon Moon,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Red Dirt Road,” “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”
  • K.T. Oslin
    “’80s Ladies,” “Come Next Monday,” “I’ll Always Come Back,” “This Woman”
  • Byron Hill
    “Fool Hearted Memory” (George Strait), “Born Country” (Alabama), “Nothing On But the Radio” (Gary Allan)
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick
    “Boondocks” (Little Big Town), “Wrapped Up in You” (Garth Brooks), “Lead Me On” (Amy Grant)
  • Joe Melson
    “Blue Bayou” (Roy Orbison), “Only the Lonely” (Roy Orbison), “Crying” (Roy Orbison)

Take a look at our photo gallery from the event, courtesy of Tammie Arroyo,


photos by Tammie Arroyo,

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Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Earlier this year Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard announced that while Florida Georgia Line would continue, both guys would also be venturing out to do their own musical projects. As their FGL song “Long Live” is knocking on the door to number-1, Tyler is also climbing the chart with Tim McGraw and their duet “Undivided.”

Now, Brian is giving fans a taste of what’s to come with his solo project – he shared, “There’s a new kind of cowboy in town…who’s ready to ride this wave? Can’t wait for y’all to hear this new music.”

Brian also made some news in announcing that he’s partnering with Warner Music Nashville when it comes to any future solo projects he has, “I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here. I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level. This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind – get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

Photo Credit: Ben Christensen