Wednesday morning, the Country Music Association announced the Class of 2017 to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Inductees were selected for each of the three categories- “Modern Era Artist,”  “Veterans Era Artist,” and “Songwriter.”

Country Music Hall of Fame member, Vince Gill, shared the news with the inductees. Franklin resident, Alan Jackson was named as the “Modern Era Artist.”

Jackson joked with the crowd that he was honored saying that it was the first time in a long time that being in the Modern Era was one of the biggest honors he had heard in a long time. Jackson went on to say it was a dream come true even if he had never admitted it.

Another Franklin resident, who is the newest inductee added in the songwriting class, is Don Schlitz. His first song recorded was “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” by Randy Travis, and “When You Say Nothing at All,” by Keith Whitley.  Schiltz stated he was humbled to represent and overwhelmed but found it difficult to keep a secret for a month.

The late Jerry Reed completed the class as “Veteran Era Artist”  who was known as the “Guitar Man” and known for the hit “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” as well as appearing with Adam Sandler in Waterboy.

A private medallion ceremony will be held later this year making them the 57th group of artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Last year, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, and Fred Foster became part of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Alan Jackson will be performing in Nashville at Ascend Amphitheater on May 19 at 7 pm, purchase tickets online.


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