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Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame
Posted at 3:37 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 15:37:38-04

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart, and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Music Association made the announcement on Wednesday.

“In this, the most exclusive of music halls of fame, we now have three new deserving members,” said Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Chief Executive Officer in a news release. “One is the son of one of American music’s greatest masters who became a self-made master of his own. One is a child of tough-town Mississippi who became a force for togetherness, inclusion, and righteous musicality. And the third is an East Tennessee kid who triumphed over a hard youth to write words and melodies that have enriched us all. In a year of turmoil, strife, and dissent, this announcement is something all of us can cheer.”

Williams joins his father, country legend Hank Williams Sr., in the Hall of Fame and is known for songs like “All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight" and "Family Tradition."

Williams Sr. was inducted in 1961.

Stuart, a five-time Grammy winner, started his career as a sideman backing up Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before starting his own artist career.

Marty Stuart
FILE - Marty Stuart performs during Marty Stuart's 16th Annual Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Stuart, along with Dean Dillon and Hank Williams Jr., will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Dillon is known for writing dozens of hits for George Strait, including “The Chair” and “Here For a Good Time,” as well as the often covered classic “Tennessee Whiskey.”

Dean Dillon
FILE - Dean Dillon accepts the Icon Award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 5, 2013. Dillon, along with Hank Williams, Jr., and Marty Stuart, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Typically, the CMA hosts a press conference in Nashville to announce the newest class members but had to opt-out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The association says information about the induction ceremony will be released when it comes available.