Interesting blog post from the Houston Press…

…on 10 rather curious omissions from the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Can’t say I would argue with any of these, although I am more meh on some than others. Just as an example, while I do agree that Randy Travis belongs in any country music hall of fame worthy of the appellation, I still think he got way too much credit for the  1980s neotraditionalist movement, while George Strait and Ricky Skaggs always seemed to be relegated to supporting roles in that.

On the other hand, Johnny Horton should have gone in years ago. Anyone who would dismiss him as a novelty act on the basis of “The Battle of New Orleans” or “North To Alaska” doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously. And really, “North to Alaska” isn’t really a novelty song even if it came out when Alaska gained statehood. (Neither, for that matter, is “When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below).” I mean, for crying out loud, it’s about a dude getting knifed to death!)

In the end, though, even if those folks never get in, just as with all the folks who’ll never get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their contributions to the genre will never be legitimately denied.


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