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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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”


Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell