Willie Nelson

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1986 (The 1987 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2011 (ranked #6 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .


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Red Headed Stranger (1975)

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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (1975)
Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (1975)
On The Road Again (1980)
Always On My Mind (1982)

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Will Willie Nelson be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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If Cash is in, why not Willie?

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 03.6.07 @ 19:02pm


It would be worth nominating him just for the induction ceremony! (Can you imagine what will be in the *ahem* air?)

Posted by Joe on Friday, 05.4.07 @ 16:27pm


There aren't many country artists that deserve consideration, but Willie is one of them. He is a unique figure in music, with his distinctive voice and guitar picking style. Plus he wrote "Crazy" for Patsy Cline. Just seems like an all-around cool dude (unless you work for the IRS or DEA).

Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 11:53am


Here's an article that says Willie Nelson made the semi-final list for the Hall back in 2000.
http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12050416

Posted by Chuck on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 12:37pm


Along with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson is the top country musician of all time. And if Hank and Johnny are already in the Hall, Willie should definitely go in as well. He is had an impressive catalogue of hits that no country artist (with the exception of Johnny Cash) and perhaps hardly any other artist in any genre has had (The Beatles and The Rolling Stones aside):

“It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way”
“My Own Peculiar Way”
“On the Road Again”
“Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain”
“Nothing I Can Do About It Now”
“Darkness on the Face of the Earth”
“Good Hearted Woman”
“One Day At a Time”
“Touch Me”
“Yesterday’s Wine”
“Always on My Mind”
“Whiskey River”
“I Hope So”
“Face of a Fighter”
“You Wouldn’t Cross the Street to Say Goodbye”
“I Just Don’t Understand”
“Follow Me Around”
“Everything But You”
“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
“Georgia on My Mind”
“Pancho & Lefty” (With Merle Haggard)
“Just to Satisfy You” (With Waylon Jennings)
“Luckenbach, Texas” (With Waylon Jennings)
And about 5 or 6 others

Posted by Every1 on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 18:38pm


I love Willie but he is not Rock..
So No thank you

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 10:54am


mrxyz...Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are in so why not Willie?

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 21:06pm


Mr. Octagon...Both Hank And Johnny have had their songs covered by rock artists...to my knowledge Willie hasn't (correct me if I'm wrong). Add to the fact that some of Johnny's original stuff could've been termed "rockabilly". Willie's about as country as you can get. He was/is a maverick, but to my notion strictly within the realm of country.

I would consider Cash and Williams huge influences on modern popular music in general...true legendary artists. I don't know that Willie has reached "legendary" status, even though he's been around a long time and is a great performer.

Some would beg to differ, I'm sure.

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 18:09pm




mrxyz...Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are in so why not Willie?

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 21:06pm


Like I said Willie is great!!!! One of the best country players, writers out there...

It this is RHOF not CHOF..
Hank and Johnny make 2 wrongs.. 2 wrongs not make it right..



Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 21:23pm


OK first of all this is the ROCK & ROLL Hall of Fame. Not the ROCK Hall of Fame but ROCK & ROLL. Willie Nelson isn't rock and roll, but neither are The Beatles or The Rolling Stones so there. If the hall was only for ROCK & ROLL then Chuck Berry would have been the last person inducted.

So Willie is not rock? All the more reason to induct him.

Case closed

Posted by Dere Ya Go on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:30pm


What on earth are you talking about??? Rock...short for Rock & Roll...case closed!!!

...or did a bunch of dingbats get their idiotic heads together and make "rock" a sub-genre??? Geez, people...!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:38pm


Gitarzan, åre you saying that Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, etc (rock & roll) is the same genre as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who or say, The Doors? (rock)

Besides, if hip-hip/rap is allowed,why not country?

Posted by Czherzhonovitchev on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 21:02pm


Czherzhonovitchev...if you read my comment, then you already know the answer so why ask??? Of course it's the same thing!!! Also, if you'd bother to look, the only country performers inducted are early influences to Rock, there aren't any recent performers, nor should there be. To me, rap/hip-hop have roots to Rock but I'm not sure it's strong enough to induct any of them over Alice Cooper, etc..., who should've been inducted a long time ago.

Saying Rock isn't short for Rock and Roll is as ludicrous as saying Country isn't Country and Western. Also, if you don't think the artists you listed aren't the same genre, then you don't know anything about the history of the music and should go study it a bit before making any more comments!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 00:10am


What on earth are you talking about??? Rock...short for Rock & Roll...case closed!!!

...or did a bunch of dingbats get their idiotic heads together and make "rock" a sub-genre??? Geez, people...!!!!!



Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:38pm
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Thank You!!!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 05:26am


Seems to be a lot of discussion on this site about country in the RRHOF recently. I think country artists who contributed to rock and roll should go in, others shouldn't. Same thing applies to rap. I don't know if Willie had much contribution to rock as opposed to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams (who are both in). I say let country artists in after all the deserving rock artists are in first (which is not gonna happen)

Oh yeah, and saying rock isn't the same as r&r is like saying rap isn't the same as hip-hop

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 11:45am


Keebord...you're absolutely right. Country has its own HOF, which you'll find very few Rock stars. Johnny Cash and Hank Williams did have an impact on early Rock (Bill Monroe was inducted, which is ridiculous because the only contribution I can think of that he made was Elvis' version of "Blue Moon Of Kentucky"...which he hated...until he got the royalty checks, I would imagine). Outside of a few country artists trying to present themselves like rock stars, the two genres have very little in common.

It is a shame that the RRHOF doesn't concentrate on artists whose ommision is painfully obvious...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.26.08 @ 12:06pm


Willie is really country. I think the only way he could see himself into the RRHOF is due to the fact that he worked with numerous rock musicians. But I can't see that getting him in as a performer

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:22pm


Willie Nelson had some great songs, but he's a country artist not a rock artist. I have to say no, but it's good he's in the country hall of fame.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:48pm


Willie belongs in more than a certain female inductee in the class of 2008. Unlike her, Willie actually HAS had influence upon rock'n'roll musicians. Most of it's his love affair with weed, but his music itself has also actually prevailed upon later rock musicians.

Yeah, if you're gonna be a purist, then no to Willie. If you're gonna realize that the purism of it has been shot to hell by the inductions of Miles, Madge, and maybe even the two rap acts in, then there really isn't much reason to keep Willie out. That's just my opinion though.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:55pm


Philip, he's in the country music hall of fame. If he's get in a rock n roll hall of fame then KISS gets in the Country music hall of fame(Garth Brooks lists them as an influence), but that makes no sense.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:01pm


Garth Brooks lists KISS as an influence? That IS odd.
Speaking of Garth Brooks, I remember several days ago when that one guy began raving about how Brooks has sold more than Elvis, yet Daniel post today on the "Induction Criteria" page doesn't even mention Brooks. Therefore, I don't know where that guy got his stats from.

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:04pm


Right, and I respect that opinion, but again, the Country Hall Of Fame requires that you be a country musician yourself. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame does not require that you yourself have been a rock'n'roll musician. It's a broader brush than that. In that persepective, an argument could be made for Willie.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:05pm


I looked him up, his name was Kubbet and his rantings can be found on the Guns N' Roses page

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:07pm


Garth Brooks even covered "Hard Luck Women" for a KISS tribute album.

And also Philip should Billy Squier get into a Hip-Hop hall of Fame because his songs have been sampled by Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, and A Tribe Called Quest? Of course not. It would make no sense.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:13pm


If there ever IS a Rap And Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame, it's up to them whether or not they implement a "Must-Have Been A Hip-Hop Artist" rule for eligibility. If they don't, he's fair game. If they do, I suspect they'll also have a separate category for those who non-rappers who were heavily sampled. If so, Billy Squier has a good chance.

The point is, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, as it stands right now, does not require that an artist actually BE a rock'n'roller to be inducted as a Performer. Indeed, the nominating committee themselves often have trouble establishing amongst themselves what the definition of "rock'n'roll" even is. The category is called "Performer" not "Rocker"... and they don't ask that you yourself be a rocker, only that your contributions be germane to the evolution of rock'n'roll. Willie Nelson does fit that latter requirement.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:31pm


http://www.cmaworld.com/hall_of_fame/criteria.asp

Here's the Country Music HoF criteria.

"Basic Standard - A candidate basically is to be judged on the degree of his/her
contribution to the advancement of Country Music and on the indelibility of his/her impact."

"However, it is definitely not mandatory to honor the leaders in every activity related to Country Music"

I don't see anything in those statements that say you must be a country artist and yet they have only inducted country artists.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 19:17pm


Yeah, unfortunately, the Rock Hall has already inducted artists who weren't rock, so that argument is moot. Really, you could make an argument for KISS in the Country hall, but they'd ask not to be inducted, too.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 19:35pm


There are also several Blues artists (Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to name two) who have been inducted as "performers" when it would have made more sense to induct them as "Early Influence"

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 19:48pm


Again... their music did NOT predate Rock'n'Roll, therefore, they should not be inducted as Early Influences... not to mention, to the Nominating Committee, blues IS rock'n'roll.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:05pm


I see your point Philip, but the Blues Hall of Fame doesn't have any non-blues acts in it. Just like the Country Hall of Fame has no non-country acts in it. Yet, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the only Hall of Fame that inducts act who don't belong to the genre of Rock & Roll or any of its affiliiations. Therefore, it seems to have become more of a Music or Popular Music Hall of Fame. (The term "Popular" is pretty broad)

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:18pm


Seems that the only major criteria for the Blues Hall of Fame is to be "rooted in a blues genre style." So basically, no non-blues acts allowed. This is in contrast to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose criteria doesn't say anything about actually playing rock & roll

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:21pm


Seriously... does no one else see the inherent and intrinsic connection between blues and rock? I listen to B.B. King and I hear rock'n'roll in his cords. Same with Muddy Waters and Albert King. In addition to blues, they did blues-rock, and that's a large part of why they're being considered. If you don't hear anything rock'n'roll in their songs... I don't know what I could say then.

And again, how are you defining rock'n'roll... was the first Rock'n'roll #1 smash "Rock Around The Clock" or "I Want To Hold Your Hand"?

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:23pm


*in his chords... sorry.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:25pm


The blues was rock n roll influence not the genre itself. I'm gald the country music HoF is smart enough to only induct it's own genre.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:31pm


Again, how are you defining rock'n'roll? And, I'd say that most of the blues players who've been inducted played blues-rock as well as straight-up blues.

The barn door's already been opened, the horse is out. I'm just trying to discuss within the parameters that they're playing by. I'm not gonna waste time decrying them for they should be but aren't.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:37pm


"The barn door's already been opened, the horse is out. I'm just trying to discuss within the parameters that they're playing by. I'm not gonna waste time decrying them for they should be but aren't."-Philip

So basically what you are saying is that they broke the rules, but that's just fine? Instead I'll go by what I believe the hall should do and what they should have been doing from the begining.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:42pm


Why don't we let a couple of Australian boys by the name of AC/DC tell us how this whole Rock n Roll thing got started? Shall we.

In the beginning
Back in nineteen fifty five
Man didn't know 'bout a rock 'n' roll show
'N all that jive
The white man had the schmaltz
The black man had the blues
No one knew what they was gonna do
But Tschaikovsky had the news, he said

Let there be sound, and there was sound
Let there be light, and there was light
Let there be drums, there was drums
Let there be guitar, there was guitar, ah
Let there be rock

And it came to pass
That rock 'n' roll was born
All across the land every rockin' band
Was blowin' up a storm
And the guitar man got famous
The business man got rich
And in every bar there was a superstar
With a seven year itch
There was fifteen million fingers
Learnin' how to play
And you could hear the fingers pickin'
And this is what they had to say

Let there be light, sound, drums, 'n guitar, ah
Let there be rock

One night in a club called the Shakin' Hand
There was a 42 decibel rockin' band
And the music was good
And the music was loud
And the singer turned and he said to the crowd

Let there be rock

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:47pm


What rules did they break? There's never been a rule saying the artist must be a rock'n'roll artist. They can't break the rule if it's not a rule.

And again, how are you defining rock'n'roll? Is Motown included? Philly soul? Funk? Folk? Blues? R&B? Was the first #1 rock'n'roll hit "Rock Around The Clock" or "I Want To Hold Your Hand"?

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 20:48pm


Every other music hall of fame has stuck to the genre that it was name after. The hall's title is false advertisment.

I'm sure each one of those genres has had an influence on rock music, but it was never the genre itself. And I think mankind will never know what was the first rock n roll song. For all we know the first rock n roll song could have been made by some kid in his basement fiddling with a guitar and discovering a new sound.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 21:10pm


From a musician's point of view, a lot of rock is 12-bar blues. I've heard rock referred to as "high octane blues and country" on more than one occasion...especially when the reference is to rock's infancy. I think that rock actually put the exclaimation point on the blues...there was more attitude and emotion to rock. A lot of the old bluesmen weren't all that convincing in the words they were singing. On the other hand, Big Mama Thornton belted out "Hound Dog" with the same conviction as Elvis, or Muddy Waters trying to convince us that his "Mojo" was workin'...and I think that's where the rock influence came from. The really great bluesmen were very emotional. There was a bridge to an unknown land that needed to be gapped...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 21:17pm


"What rules did they break? There's never been a rule saying the artist must be a rock'n'roll artist. They can't break the rule if it's not a rule." - Philip

I'm well aware of that. I never said they broke any rules by inducting Blues acts

"And again, how are you defining rock'n'roll... was the first Rock'n'roll #1 smash "Rock Around The Clock" or "I Want To Hold Your Hand"?" - Philip

Those songs are clearly of the same genre. "Rock" is simply short for Rock & Roll. There is no difference between Rock & Roll vs. Rock. Take AC/DC whom Dude Man mentioned for example, they insist on calling the music they play "Rock & Roll" (not Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, etc)

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 07.9.09 @ 12:12pm


No Keebord, I'm not addressing you. Dude Man hasn't really given me a working definition of what rock'n'roll really is. For my money, all inductees, with the exception of about 5 or so, can and do pretty much fit under the umbrella of rock'n'roll. Rock'n'roll isn't just AC/DC, Beatles, Zeppelin, etc. The blues that BB played, and Muddy, and even Albert, that's rock'n'roll. The powerhouse sounds of Martha And The Vandellas, the pleading vocals of the Dells' "Stay In My Corner", the doo-wopping tones of the Diamonds... all rock'n'roll.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 14:36pm


Philip, I see nothing wrong with Keebord taking part in this conversation. Everybody has the right to have an opinion.

What are these 5 acts you do not see as rock n roll?

Some of the artists you mentioned have influence on rock n roll, but are not the genre itself. Why don't I just say rock n roll is what it is. Rock is short for rock n roll.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 15:01pm


I'm not trying to keep Keebord out... Just letting him know my comments were not necessarily directed at what he said earlier.

The list isn't exactly five. My point was that there are very few who are in that don't fit my definition. Madonna and Miles Davis are the big two. GF&TFF and Run-DMC weren't, but at least did dabble enough with it in making their art that I think we can include them. If I had to pick a fifth... Bob Marley, but listen to songs like "Iron Lion Zion" and you can see that the same argument for GF&TFF and Run-DMC apply to Marley as well.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 15:54pm


"Why don't I just say rock n roll is what it is. Rock is short for rock n roll."

I had to single this out for maximum effect.

That's kind of the point. Right now, most of us are in line with that Supreme Court definition of adult entertainment (the filters won't allow the word itself to be used): I can't define it, but I know it when I see it. The problem is when one of us sees something as being Rock or not, there's a lot of consensus, but a lot of hair splitting too. Reading your comments on a lot of other artists, I think we should totally hit the local CD shops over the U.S., Canada, and England. It's just minutiae like these where we disagree and can almost get heated. I still say, especially since the door's been broken down already, requiring that their contributions be germane to the evolution of rock'n'roll, they can be inducted. It'd be nice if there were an "Outside Influence" category, but with Marley, Miles, and Madge all in as Performers, it seems to me at this point, it's moot.

Rock is short for rock'n'roll only up to a point, imo. When it excludes things like soul, southern rock, new-wave, etc. then no, it is not short for "rock'n'roll".

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 16:05pm


I think that for some acts, their presence in the Country Music Hall of Fame (which predates the Rock Hall by almost 20 years) leaves no immediate rush to induct them in the Rock Hall. yes, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are in both, but Cash is regarded as the Country King, and Hank Williams was one of the originals. Willie was inducted into the Country Hall in 1993. Other acts in both incoude Everly Brothers and Brenda Lee.

Some other acts that are not in the Rock Hall but are in the Country Hall: Patsy Cline (inducted in 1973), Loretta Lynn (1988), Merle Haggard (1994), Tammy Wynette (1999), Dolly Parton (1999), Glen Campbell (2003), etc.

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.8.09 @ 09:05am


Some interesting discussion on this page that I have (like usual) arrived too late to contribute to. I'll try and give my two cents anyways. Whenever there seems to be a page for a country artist popping up on this site (Brooks, Haggard, etc), there always seems to be a comparison to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. "Well Cash and Williams are in so why not ____." The problem with this logic is that Williams was inducted as an Early Influence and most of the artists who people are comparing him to (like Willie Nelson here for example) don't fit the EI criteria as they didn't predate rock and roll, so there goes that argument. As for Cash, well yes, he's in as a Performer and yes, he considered himself a country musician but some his work (especially his early work) either crossed over or blurred the lines between country and Rockabilly (the early style of rock and roll). Plus, Cash was influential to many important names in rock and roll, the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen to name just one. Other than Johnny Cash, there are very few country musicians who are that significant to rock and roll (In fact off the top of my head I think only Glen Campbell has a really good shot, but that's as a sideman because he was a member of the Wrecking Crew). Willie Nelson? Though he's a legendary country performer and I love a lot of his work, I really don't see how he would fit in, I still wouldn't be surprised if the Hall picks him though.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 10:01am


In the history of music, there is:
1) classical
2) rock 'n roll.

And Willie Nelson is definitely NOT classical!

Posted by howard fein on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 11:52am


Howard thats incredibly stupid and narrow minded.

what about these genres?
Jazz
Blues
Gospel
Soul
Electronic Music
Reggae

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 12:41pm


when the nukes fall, all the cockroaches will at least have SOME human company -- Willie Nelson and Lemmy Kilmister, sparking doobies, playing dominos, and trying their damnedest to harmonize "Whiskey River" -- even though neither can quite remember the lyrics . . .

vote him in! . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 23:53pm


"In the history of music, there is:
1) classical
2) rock 'n roll." - howard fein


Fail.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 02.16.11 @ 06:49am


Here's an article that says Willie Nelson made the semi-final list for the Hall back in 2000.
http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12050416

Posted by Chuck on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 12:37pm

Doesn't that mean he's previously been considered?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 12:25pm


Willie Nelson's case for the RRHOF is a complicated one. He's covered many rock 'n' roll songs (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and Midnight Rider to name two), has performed with many rockers (Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, etc.) and has crossver appeal to rock music fans. However, that doesn't necessarily make his music rock 'n' roll. Plenty of other musicians outside rock 'n' roll have collaborated with RNR musicians, like Frank Sinatra and Garth Brooks, but that doesn't necessarily make them rockers.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 22:49pm


Damn! I pressed the "Submit Comment" button too early!

Anyway, I am a huge Willie Nelson fan but I honestly can't see him being inducted into the RRHOF. He's massively important to country, but he doesn't have that Hank Williams/Johnny Cash-level importance to rock 'n' roll.

If an Outside Influence category is ever included in the Hall, Willie might have a chance. Pretty much anyone associated with Outlaw Country would have a shot in that case.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 22:54pm


I saw Willie Nelson in Murray, KY a couple nights ago (along with Alison Krauss) and I was more than blown away. Despite of what you may have heard or read about him, Willie is showing no signs of slowing down. He put on a very amazing energetic performance that lasted over an hour and a half. Given he has put out more than 50 albums and over a 1000 songs, he played the right songs that set everyone's mood. Sure, some people may think he's crazy and loony and all, but he doesn't give a rats what anyone thinks and he does what he apparently loves through it all.

Now, on to the HOF part:

Does he belong in the RRHOF?
I say yes. Sure, he hasn't put out hardly any rock and roll recordings. His style and everything has influenced many rock and rollers, and he has strong musical connections to several RRHOFers. I would be happy if he were inducted into a category, like 'Early Influence'. After all, I believe him and Patsy Cline are the only successful Country crossover artists that belong in there. Disagree? Get ready for a bar brawl! Yeehah

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 05.23.14 @ 17:00pm


Cool, Jason! What an act to see. I'll bet Alison was kicking ass too.

Check out 'ROMP' fest in Owensboro, KY at end of June. I'm going on Saturday, when OCMS will close it down. Really nice little bluegrass fest.

I'm for Willie in the Hall.

Posted by Paul in KY on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 11:05am


Just wondering, Paul, are you going to Bonnaroo? I am again this year.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 16:59pm


Yes, Jason I am. Really stoked about the 'undercard' this year. Looking forward (in no particular order) to Polica, White Denim, Janelle Monae, Vampire Weekend, Mastadon, King Khan & the Shrines, Cage the Elephant (top priority on weekend), Slightly Stoopid, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Fitz & tyhe Tantrums, Arctic Monkeys, Little Dragon & Elton John. Plus others!

Will be in the GA 'Tent City' this year. Would like to meet you, if possible.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 05.27.14 @ 12:47pm


That would be great. Just so we won't get in trouble I'll leave my email here: jasonvoigt@hotmail.com

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 05.27.14 @ 20:09pm


Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings should be put in. They have done as much for music country and rock as anybody.

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 07.22.15 @ 04:10am


Saw Willie Nelson close out the 1st Pilgrimage Music Fest in Franklin, TN (bedroom community South of Nashville). He & his band (which includes his little sister) gave a fine performance. Played a medley of Hank Williams Sr. songs, in addition to his own. What a honeyed voice! I will tell you, that if you want to see him, better go as he's not getting any younger.

At close of fest (which was slated to end at 7:30 PM & had gone over that by about 10 mins), Willy had just gone into his final song when he was stopped by someone announcing on loudspeaker (much louder than Willy's audio) that fest was ending & thanking us for attending and thanking 'Willie' as well. Was 1st time I have ever seen a headliner cut off.

Think this was because this was the 1st time for this fest & there were a lot of very expensive homes around the venue & I guess they didn't want to run afoul of any of them on the noise stuff.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 09.30.15 @ 07:59am


That's interesting stuff there, Paul! Of the many concerts I've attended, I have never seen or heard a performer/headliner get cut off. To me that's bull, unless the community/city had strict curfew rules. But you know. I saw him last year at Murray State and he sounded so golden (they say he works better when he's high). I also went into his museum in Nashville a month later.

Get this guy in the RRHOF! We shall find out October 6

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 09.30.15 @ 14:33pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/willie-nelson-cancels-postpones-shows-due-to-health-issue-20151014#ixzz3ocyww4UA

Willie Nelson Cancels, Postpones Shows Due to Health Issue

Undisclosed malady affects the Red Headed Stranger's joint tour with Merle Haggard

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.15.15 @ 05:37am


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