Pictured (L-R): Pat Alger, Board Chair , NaSHOF Foundation; inductees Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas and John Anderson; Mark Ford, Executive Director, NaSHOF Foundation. Front Row: Inductee Paul Craft. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
It was an all-star celebration Sunday evening (Oct. 5) at Nashville’s Music City Center, as John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas,
and Gretchen Peters
were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“Once again four incredibly talented songwriters have taken their rightful place as the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,” said Pat Alger
, Board Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation and a member of the Hall of Fame. “John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters represent the best our great songwriting community has to offer. With long fruitful careers of memorable songs, they set the highest creative standard for all of us.”
Paul Craft. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
was inducted by Hall of Fame songwriter Layng Martine, Jr. Thomas Rhett
performed a medley of songs, including “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” and “Brother Jukebox.” Britt Ronstadt
performed “Keep Me From Blowing Away” and Bobby Bare
closed out the set with “Drop Kick Me, Jesus.”
Gretchen Peters. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
was inducted by Hall of Fame songwriter Rodney Crowell
. Brandy Clark
performed a medley of “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” and “Independence Day” while Trisha Yearwood
sang “On A Bus To St. Cloud.” Bryan Adams
sent a congratulatory video message to Peters.
Tom Douglas. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
was inducted by his longtime publisher Troy Tomlinson
. The music segment featured Collin Raye
performing “Little Rock,” Hall of Fame member and co-writer Allen Shamblin
singing “The House That Built Me” and Tim McGraw
with “My Little Girl.”Lady Antebellum
sent their own congratulations to Douglas via video.
John Anderson. Photo: Moments By Moser
was inducted by Big & Rich’s John Rich
, who also performed a medley of Anderson penned hits, including “Wish I Coulda Been There” and “Chicken Truck.” Hall of Fame songwriter Bobby Braddock
sang “Seminole Wind,” while Josh Turner
Hall of Fame songwriters Matraca Berg
and Don Schlitz
presented the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award to publisher Pat Higdon.
Back row (L-R): Matt Jenkins, Jessi Alexander, Brett James, Tom Douglas, Dierks Bentley, Bart Herbison. Second row (L-R): Jeffrey Steele, Chris Tompkins, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark, Deric Ruttan. Third Row (L-R): Craig Wiseman, Luke Laird, Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller, Zach Crowell, Phillip Coleman, Connie Harrington, Jim Beavers. Front row (L-R): Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Don Henry, Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon and Ashley Gorley. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
The evening also featured a presentation to Troy Tomlinson
, president and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, in recognition for his efforts to raise funds for the construction of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Music City Center.
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) also presented its annual Songwriter Achievement Awards.
The organization’s professional songwriter members voted “Automatic” (written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
and Miranda Lambert
/ recorded by Miranda Lambert) as their Song of the Year.
The Songwriter of the Year prize went to Ashley Gorley
. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year was awarded to Jack White
In addition to honoring the Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, NSAI presented “The 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written” Awards, voted on by NSAI’s Professional Membership, to the following writers and their songs: “All Kinds Of Kinds” (Phillip Coleman, Don Henry / recorded by Miranda Lambert), “Boys ’Round Here” (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Craig Wiseman / recorded by Blake Shelton), “Cop Car” (Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Matt Jenkins / recorded by Keith Urban), “Drink A Beer” (Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton / recorded by Luke Bryan), “Drunk On A Plane” (Dierks Bentley, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins / recorded by Dierks Bentley), “Follow Your Arrow” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves / recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Give Me Back My Hometown” (Eric Church, Luke Laird / recorded by Eric Church), “I Hold On” (Dierks Bentley, Brett James / recorded by Dierks Bentley), “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” (Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele / recorded by Tim McGraw w/ Faith Hill) and “Mine Would Be You” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan / recorded by Blake Shelton).