Country music power couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood announced three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame today (March 27). Ricky Skaggs will be inducted in the Hall’s Modern category, followed by Dottie West (Veteran) and Johnny Gimble (Musician). These newly-named 2018 honorees join an elite list of country superstars in the prestigious organization, including Brooks, who was inducted in 2011.
Ricky Skaggs is a living country-bluegrass legend who has produced more than 30 studio albums across a five-decade-plus career. He’s known for his superb mandolin-playing skills, and can also play several more instruments, including fiddle and banjo. Signature Skaggs hits include “Highway 40 Blues,” “Honey, Open That Door,” “Heartbroke” and many, many more. Skaggs has influenced scores of artists across multiple generations and is beloved by fans, critics, and peers alike.
The late, great Dottie West was widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking female artists in country music history. West was notably the first female in the genre to win a Grammy, which she won in 1965 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her Top 10 hit, “Here Comes My Baby Again.” Other memorable hits include “Would You Hold It Against Me,” “Paper Mansions,” and “Country Sunshine.” West made music into the ‘70s and ‘80s, which included her 1978 chart-topping hit with her lifelong friend Kenny Rogers, “Every Time Two Fools Collide.” She was also a Grand Ole Opry member for nearly three decades and was a mainstay performer at the famed venue up until she passed away in 1991.
Finally, late legend Johnny Gimble was considered one of the best fiddle players in country music. His love of music began when he was 12-years-old, when he played in a band with his brothers. He’s a five-time CMA Instrumentalist/Musician of the Year winner and is a two-time Grammy Award winner. His extraordinary career spanned over seven decades and Gamble’s musicianship can be heard on multiple artists recordings including Merle Haggard, George Strait and more.
The invitation-only induction Medallion Ceremony will take place this fall at the Hall in Nashville.