This weekend during a three day concert in Altamont, Tenn., the inaugural inductees into the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame were announced. Seventeen inductees were announced in two different categories, Pioneers/Innovators that include those before 1970, and Highwayman, performers from 1970 to 1990. A special Guardian Award was announced as a one year award to honor those that have the tradition of those that came before them. The Hall of Fame also announced that fans will be able to vote on Guardian Award winners in the upcoming years.
In the category of "Pioneers/Innovators Pre-1970," the list of inductees include Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, The Carter Family, Bobby Bare, and Chris Gantry.
For the category of "Highwaymen 1970-1990," the class includes Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Sammi Smith, Steve Young, Jessi Colter, Hank Williams Jr., and Billy Joe Shaver.
Guardian Award recipients include Dallas Moore, Wayne Mills, Hank Williams III, Jamey Johnson, and Whitey Morgan.
The facility that will hold the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame is set to open in the spring of 2014. The 5,000 square foot space in Lynchburg, Tenn. will have interactive displays, studio for live radio broadcasts, and more. More information can be found at www.outlawmusichalloffame.com.