Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2020: Hank Williams Jr, Marty Stuart & Dean Dillon

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2020: Hank Williams Jr, Marty Stuart & Dean Dillon

The Country Music Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2020:

  • Marty Stuart: Modern Era
  • Hank Williams Jr: Veteran Era
  • Dean Dillon: Songwriter (this category rotates every third year among Recording/Touring Musician, Non-Performer & Songwriter)

“I was just speechless,” says Dean. “Trying to soak in the words that I had just heard. My life flashed before my eyes. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather.”

“It is the ultimate honor in country music,” says Marty. “I’m so honored to be included in this class and I’m honored to be included alongside Hank Jr. and Dean Dillon. I love those people. To be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is beyond words. I’m usually not at a loss for words.”

“Bocephus has been eyeing this one for awhile. It’s a bright spot during a difficult year,” says Hank Jr. “I have been making Top 10 records for 56 years. I fell off a mountain and tried to reinvent myself as a truly individual artist and one who stepped out of the shadows of a very famous man…one of the greatest. I’ve got to thank all those rowdy friends who, year after year, still show up for me. It’s an honor to carry on this family tradition. It is much appreciated.”

Historically, CMA hosts a press conference in the famed rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to reveal the new class of inductees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMA traveled to Dean and Marty to capture their reaction. Details regarding a formal induction ceremony for Dean, Marty and Hank Jr will be released as information is available. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.

photos: Hank Williams Jr by E.M.,; Marty Stuart by Tammie Arroyo,; Dean Dillon by Curtis Hilbun,

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Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde’s This Town Talks tour gets rolling next month in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then for the next 7 months she’ll be crisscrossing this nation playing shows from Georgia to Montana and everywhere in between.

So, with all that travel, and different locations, packing for a tour can present some challenges. Ashley shares one basic piece of advice when it comes to preparing for the road, “At first, learning how to pack for on tour…I really didn’t do a good job. I guess maybe I thought I was leaving for summer camp. So, I would spend a couple of weeks where I overpacked, and a couple of weeks where I under packed. Just let me tell you…if you have to choose between the two – overpack. You can put those clothes away when you get back.”


Photo Credit: Daniel Meigs