Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, the Statler Brothers and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman will be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Stoneman will be inducted in the “Career Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War II” category, which is given only every three years.
CEO Tammy Genovese stated: “Emmylou possesses the voice of an angel. She is one of the most revered song interpreters on the planet, and has been instrumental in preserving Country Music’s past while expanding Country Music’s horizons throughout her career. Tom T. Hall’s story-filled songs and keen observations of life have connected with audiences around the world. The harmonious Statler Brothers, whom Kurt Vonnegut once called ‘America’s Poets,’ sang songs about life and love while often providing nostalgic looks at simpler times. And Pop Stoneman was not only the head of the Stoneman Family, but one of the patriarchs of Country Music.”
At the announcement, Stoneman, who passed away in 1968, was saluted by Eddie Stubbs and daughter Patsy Stoneman Murphy.