Following Wednesday’s press conference announcing Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz as the newest inductees of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson and Don Schlitz participated in a panel during the 14th Annual CMA Artist Luncheon. Reed, who passed away in 2008, was represented in the audience by daughters Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala. The panel took place in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s event hall and was moderated by national and international broadcast personality, WSM’s Bill Cody.
It’s an honor,” a humble Jackson said after his name was revealed. “For me to say I’m honored sounds like the standard old response, but for a man who loves country music there is no higher honor. This is the mountain top!”
He went on to recount how, in recent years, he’s often found himself asked in interviews if there’s any unrealized dream or goal he has yet to attain. “I never say the Country Music Hall of Fame because I just felt like that was kind of pretentious to think that I deserve to be in there. But now I can say this is about the last dream on the list right here. It’s just unbelievable.”
“You look at that list – from Hank Williams on down to today – all the great people and heroes of yours…and you don’t feel like you fit in that much. At least I didn’t,” Jackson later noted. “It was hard to say, ‘I’m going to be in there one day.’ I couldn’t do that.”
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