T. HALL RECOGNIZED AS BMI ICON AT
ANNUAL BMI COUNTRY AWARDS
All-Star Lineup Pays Homage to One of the Original Master Craftsmen
of Country Music --
Country Songs Make Up Half of Most-Performed Songs in 2011 from
BMI Catalogue --
October 30, 2012 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global
leader in music rights management, honored its Country Songwriter,
Song and Publisher of the Year at the 60th annual BMI Country
Awards held at the companys Nashville, TN building. Also
saluted were the writers and publishers of the past years
50 most-performed songs on radio and TV from BMIs country
repertoire. In addition, the incredible songwriting career of
Tom T. Hall was celebrated by naming him a BMI Icon.
nights powerful musical tribute to Tom T. Hall featured
recent chart-toppers The Avett Brothers, who took the stage
to deliver That's How I Got To Memphis; bluegrass
power duo Dailey & Vincent, who performed Can You
Hear Me Now; prodigal son Justin Townes Earle, who sang
Homecoming; and superstar Toby Keith who sang Faster
Horses (The Cowboy And The Poet) accompanied by Scotty
a recording artist, Hall had seven No. 1 singles, all self-penned:
A Week in a Country Jail (196970), The
Year That Clayton Delaney Died (1971),(Old Dogs,
Children and) Watermelon Wine (197273), I
Love (197374), Country Is (1974), I
Care (197475), and Faster Horses (the Cowboy
and the Poet) (1976). The Grammy winner also wrote mega
hits for others, including Harper Valley P.T.A.,
which Jeannie C. Riley took to No. 1 on country and pop charts
in 1968, as well as The Pool Shark, a chart-topper
for Dave Dudley; (Margies at) the Lincoln Park Inn"
and Thats How I Got to Memphis, recorded by
Bobby Bare; and Little Bitty, by no means a little
bitty hit for Alan Jackson in the late 1990s. In total, Hall
has earned a staggering 31 BMI Awards for songwriting spanning
country and pop genres, and six of his songs have accumulated
more than one million performances each. In 2008, he was welcomed
into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
T. Halls outstanding contributions of expertly crafted
songs earned him the nickname The Storyteller, and
as his songs have transitioned through traditional broadcasts
and digital mediums, BMI has been proud to make that journey
with him every step of the way, said BMI President & CEO
Del Bryant. Tom T. is the perfect example of why BMIs
determination and commitment to safeguard the value of music
is so important.
represents the finest talent from Nashville and around the world,
including Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton,
Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Carrie
Underwood, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Hunter
Hayes, and Little Big Town, as well as countless other superstars.
The 2011 Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association
and CMT awards pointed to BMIs unequaled clout in the
country format, as BMI members took home 89%, 76% and 83% of
the hardware presented in those ceremonies, respectively.
steward of the worlds most diverse, in-demand musical
repertoire, BMI is determined to continue fostering talent,
educating and building awareness of the value of music in the
entertainment industry and beyond.
will celebrate the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall
by naming him a BMI Icon at the companys 60th annual Country
Awards. The private ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October
30 at BMIs Music Row building in Nashville.
The BMI Icon award is given to songwriters who have had a unique
and indelible influence on generations of music makers.
An all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Hall, who joins
a list of past honorees that includes Billy Sherrill, John Fogerty,
Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, Merle Haggard,
Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, the Bee Gees, Bobby
Braddock, Ray Davies, James Brown and more.
T. Hall is one of the original master craftsmen of country music,
a distinct voice who elevated the art form by staying true to
himself and fostering a sincere respect for his listeners.
Like the most expertly crafted short stories, Halls songs
are detailed vignettes, vivid and familiar thanks to his unwavering
devotion to the sharply drawn characters who populate them.
The Kentucky natives approach earned him the nickname
The Storyteller. As a recording artist, Hall had
seven No. 1 singles, all self-penned: A Week in a Country
Jail (196970), The Year That Clayton Delaney
Died (1971),(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon
Wine (197273), I Love (197374),
Country Is (1974), I Care (197475),
and Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet) (1976).
The Grammy winner also famously wrote smashes for others, including
Harper Valley P.T.A., which Jeannie C. Riley took
to No. 1 on country and pop charts in 1968, as well as The
Pool Shark, a chart-topper for Dave Dudley; (Margies
at) the Lincoln Park Inn" and Thats How I Got
to Memphis, recorded by Bobby Bare; and Little Bitty,
a mega-hit for Alan Jackson in the late 90s. Hall has earned
a total of 31 BMI Awards for songwriting spanning country and
pop genres, and six of his songs have accumulated more than
one million performances each. In 2008, he was welcomed into
the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, songwriters Eric Brace
and Peter Cooper produced their own take on seminal 1974 childrens
album Songs of Fox Hollow. The project, I Love: Tom T. Halls
Songs of Fox Hollow, featuring top-tier roots artists delivering
new versions of the classic songs, was nominated for a Grammy,
reflecting the undiminished resonance of Halls music.
In addition to Americana, it should also be noted that since
Hall's retirement from touring, he has enjoyed mega writing
success in the worlds of both traditional and modern bluegrass
music and old time country, as well as classic and progressive
country. He has collaborated extensively with his wife Miss
Dixie, and the Halls were named SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year
for 10 consecutive years, garnering them the Master's Gold and
Grand Master's Gold award. It is never surprising to see as
many as five or six Hall compositions at a time in the bluegrass
charts, several of them reaching No. 1, such as Bill Monroe
For Breakfast, which Hall recorded himself; a new version
of That's How I Got To Memphis by Charlie Sizemore;
Clinch Mountain Mystery by The Larry Stephenson
Band; Train Songs by Ralph Stanley II; Train
Without a Track by Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice; and
The Boys In Hats and Ties by Big Country Bluegrass,
just to name a few.
Halls personal story is also uniquely tied to BMI: He
met Miss Dixie, his wife of 45 years, at the 1965 BMI Country
Awards in Nashville.
For more on Tom T. Hall, read Peter Coopers feature in
During the BMI Country Awards, BMI will crown the Country Songwriter,
Song and Publisher of the Year and salute the writers and publishers
of the past years 50 most-performed songs from BMIs
country catalog. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant will host
the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher
Relations, Nashville; and Clay Bradley, BMI Associate Vice President,
Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.
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composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more
than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most
popular and beloved music from around the world for more than
70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that
perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties
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~ MORE BREAKING NEWS ~
Dixie and Tom T. will be featured in an upcoming book titled "It
Goes a Little Somethin' LIke This" by Dak Alley. You can
check it out by clicking
Here are a few pictures from the photo shoot.
"Tom T and Dixie Hall during the interview for www.itgoesalittlesomethinlikethis.com
~ Dak Alley
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Tom T. Hall tellin' us a story like only "The Story Teller"
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Tom T. showing us a painting he did of his lovely and talented
wife "Miss Dixie" How Cool is this! ~ Dak Alley
We had such a wonderful time with the Queen of Blue Grass Songwriters
and The Story Teller!. Thank you for such a wonderful time with
you and Tom T. The stories are priceless and we can't hardly wait
to share them in the project! We will always charish the couple
of hours we had with you two! Thank you for being so generous!"
~ Dak Alley
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MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM PREPARES FOR 2011 INDUCTION - April
Crystal Gayle, John Conlee, Eddie Montgomery, Jeff Reid, Noro Wilson,
Kyle Macy, Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall set to participate in ceremony
Lexington, KY On Thursday, The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame &
Museum will usher in the new class of honorees, including Keith Whitley,
Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins
Brothers, Molly ODay and Larnelle Harris.
Presenters confirmed for the ceremony include Crystal Gayle, John
Conlee, Eddie Montgomery, Jeff Reid, Noro Wilson, Kyle Macy, Tom T.
Hall and Dixie Hall. The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in the
Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April
7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame.
For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum
call 1-877-356-3263 or visit www.KYMusicHallofFame.com
This years inductees include some of the most recognizable
music artists in the world, says Lawson of the Kentucky Music
Hall of Fame. The ceremony taking place in April 2011 will feature
performances by this years class as well as some of this states
greatest music achievers.
Tom T. & Ms. Dixie are quoted as being honored to be in the same
room as Melvin Goins of the Goins Brothers for this induction. To
be making the presentation is a thrill beyond measure. And, smiles
Dixie, it's a chance to tell Melvin it's time he returned to the studio
for another session!