Garth Brooks is one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. His induction was announced Tuesday morning in Nashville at a press conference in the Hall of Fame’s rotunda where the members’ plaques line the walls.
“It’s kind of odd to be in this room,” Garth said as he eyed the plaques of his heroes George Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Reba. “Now you’re going to be in the same hall with them? But make no mistake. I don’t feel like I’m in that level, but it’s pretty cool to have your name listed with them.”
Garth is being inducted in the Modern Era Artist category, but he feels guilty that his musical influences like Randy Travis and the late Keith Whitley haven’t been inducted yet. Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood helped him get some perspective on that though.
Says Garth, “She said, ‘Are you kidding me? Enjoy it! They’ll eventually get in because they’re great. They’re going to get here on their own merit.'” Garth adds, “She’s been pushing me to enjoy it. It’s been fun.”
Garth will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a private ceremony later this year in Nashville. Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith is also going into the Hall in the Veterans Era category, and Nashville session piano player Hargus “Pig” Robbins is being inducted in the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 category.
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