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Four to be inducted into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Inductees and representatives of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame gather following the press conference announcing this year's inductees. Buddy Cannon was on hand to represent the late Vern Gosdin. Pictured (l-r) are: Pat Alger, Buddy Cannon (representing the late Vern Gosdin), Jim McBride, Tim Nichols, Walt Aldridge and Mark Ford, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Vern Gosdin, Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October.

The announcement was made at a news conference Wednesday.

There are 203 members of the NSHOF. Gosdin, McGride, Alridge and Nichols will join those elite at their induction on Oct. 23 at the Music City Center.

“The quality of the songs that emanate from the legendary Nashville Songwriting community is most often the standard by which songwriters measure their success,” Pat Alger, chair of the organization’s board of directors, said. “Iconic songs from its eminent songwriters help make this town the musical sanctuary it has become and in turn, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates the illustrious careers of those songwriters each year by inducting four new members, the highest honor that any Nashville songwriter can hope for. This year we are extremely proud to welcome the class of 2017: Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols in the songwriter category; Jim McBride in the veteran songwriter category and the late Vern Gosdin as our songwriter/artist.”

The artists are known for various country music hits such as "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "Modern day Bonnie and Clyde," "Chattahooche," "Live like you were dying," and "I'm still crazy."

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