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Alabama, Steve Wariner and More to be Inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame

Ed Rode

This year's Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony, hosted Oct. 22 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, will have a distinct country flavor. Steve Wariner, Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, legendary producer Billy Sherill, Music Row pioneer Owen Bradley and the Nashville A-Team of studio musicians will be inducted that night, while legendary band Alabama gets awarded with both a Hall of Fame membership and the organization's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Getting the first Lifetime Achievement Award and going in the Musicians Hall of Fame is very humbling," said Alabama singer and rhythm guitarist Randy Owen in a press release. "I am thankful to be a musician, a singer, a songwriter and for being able to make a living through touring and recording for the last 50 years."

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It's the latest honor for a band that emerged from the tiny town of Fort Payne, Ala. and played clubs around Myrtle Beach, S.C. while dreaming of just a small taste of the immense fame and critical acclaim sustained since the breakthrough success of the 1980 single 'Tennessee River'."

"This is a great honor. I've always thought of myself as a musician first," says guitarist and fiddler Jeff Cook.

Per a report from the Tennessean's Dave Paulson, Wariner seconds Cook's emotion. "I came to Nashville to be a musician," says Wariner. "People ask me about the singing and the writing...but the roots, for me, is the playing."

The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Nashville near another spot with an affinity for old Alabama, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

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Alabama, Steve Wariner and More to be Inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame