5 country stars we want in the next

It’s official. Dolly Parton rocks!

The country music legend was announced on Tuesday as Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022yet another kudos from the industry in a career brimming with accolades.

Although Parton, 76, initially balked – she tried to decline her nomination on social media – she came days before the announcement, saying in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition that if she were inducted, she would “graciously accept”.

Granted, the Tennessee singer-songwriter isn’t the first country musician to be enshrined in Cleveland’s rock pantheon. But the roster to date largely consists of country pioneers whose artistry cemented the foundations upon which rock ‘n’ roll has built its home. Among them, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Johnny Cash, without forgetting Elvis Presley, whose vocal chemistry transformed country and blues into rock.

Parton’s inclusion should open the doors for other greats who deserve it just as much. Here are five true country legends whose influence also radiates far beyond Nashville and who should follow her to Rock Hall:

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks, 60, is widely credited with infusing a rock attitude into country music shows, whether on the road in big stadiums or in the confines of a Las Vegas residency. Beyond his multimillion-dollar sales volume — which puts him in the same company as Elvis and the Beatles — Brooks is already enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and at 58 he was the youngest recipient ever. from the Library of Congress Gershwin Award for Popular Song.

The crossover appeal of Brooks’ work was evident in 1991, when his third album, “Ropin’ the Wind,” entered the Billboard album chart at number one, the first for a country artist. If there was ever a country musician whose vision of himself went way beyond the bounds of his genre, it’s Brooks.

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline was a true pioneer, a woman who dared to dress like the men of the Grand Ole Opry (hats and jeans) and sang songs that would become timeless classics (

Although Patsy Cline who died in a plane crash at the age of 30, her legacy as a music pioneer was sealed with indelible performances in songs such as “I Fall to Pieces” and the standard “Crazy” written by Willie Nelson. Although Cline is inextricably linked to country music — she cheekily pioneered the cowboy hat and jeans look for women — the crossover appeal of her booming, plaintive voice defied categorization.

Beyond her musical gifts, Cline was a tough as nails woman, fearless in her male-dominated industry and utterly determined to go her own way. Long before the women’s rights movement, Cline set a template for hard-rock iconoclasts ranging from Joan Jett to Ann and Nancy Wilson.

willie nelson

Willie Nelson is an American original, a country star who turned into a rocking rebel, with a dented guitar, braids and an ever-handy marijuana joint.

The bow of Willie Nelson’s career is incredibly long, resulting in a unique pop culture influence among country musicians. Nelson, 89, started out as a stripped-down singer and songwriter, but as the counterculture took hold, he took on a rebellious stance. Long and often braided hair, red bandana, damaged nylon string guitar, lots of marijuana – it all added up to a look and feel that was brimming with originality.

Nelson was riding particularly high in the ’70s, with hits like “On the Road Again” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” and friends in high places, including President Jimmy Carter. Nelson performed in front of stadium crowds when that was not the norm for most country acts, proving that his musical and personal influence was universal.

Glenn Campbell

Glen Campbell looked and sounded the part of the country original that he was, but before his solo career took off, the guitar ace was a member of the Wrecking Crew, the backing band that helped make it happen. countless hits of the 60s that formed the basis of rock.  'n' roll.

The end Glen Campbell best-known song is a plaintive piece that seems rooted in Central America. “Wichita Lineman” was joined by equally evocative hits such as “Southern Nights” and “Galveston” that would seem to root the handsome crooner, who died in 2017 at age 81, squarely in campaign camp.

But Campbell’s Rock Hall credentials were established long before that success. Campbell and his standout guitar were part of the legendary Wrecking Crew, Los Angeles studio musicians who quietly set the pace for an insanely long list of rock ‘n’ roll hits, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by the Righteous Brothers, “Mary, Mary” by the Monkees and “Caroline, No” by the Beach Boys.

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson might have succeeded simply because of his powerful songwriting, but he was a multi-talented threat who could sing and act, like in that iconic performance alongside Barbra Streisand in

Kris Kristofferson is a bit of a Renaissance man. Actor, singer, and songwriter, Kristofferson was a cornerstone of the Nashville scene whose moving lyrics and delivery left audiences gasping for songs like “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Help Me Make It.” Through the Night”.

But what makes the 85-year-old Kristofferson so much more than a country legend is the wide range of his work. Themes include politics (“They Killed Him” ​​finds the singer lamenting the loss of great leaders), show business (“To Beat the Devil” looks at the cutthroat music industry) and friendship (“Good Morning John” was a message to his addiction-ridden pal Johnny Cash). But Kristofferson’s most enduring tune was by Janis Joplin, who flipped the “Me and Bobby McGee” genre and made it immortal.

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