The Country Music Hall of Fame just revealed the inductees for the 2018 class, which include Ricky Skaggs, the late Dottie West and the late Johnny Gimble.
Ricky, who’s being inducted in the modern era artist category, noted that “this is really big,” after he was announced, and thanked his dad. “I think the joy that I have in my music comes through him,” he said. “I never knew anyone who loved music more than my dad. He recorded everything I ever did.”
Dottie, who passed away in 1991, is being inducted the veterans era artist category, and her friend Jeannie Seely joined her son Kerry West for the big announcement. “Her path was never easy, but she had the strongest determination,” Seely shared. “She never wavered from the road no matter how tough it was. That road was supposed to lead to here.”
Gimble, who passed away in 2015, will be inducted into the recording and/or touring musician category, and was represented at yesterday’s announcement by his daughter Cindy, who noted that her father could feel the “magic” in music. She shared that he used to say, “The magic, that’s what keeps you playing and that’s what never wears off.”
The official Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place this Fall during the invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the Hall in Nashville.