» Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement Enter The Hall

Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement are now officially members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. They were celebrated over the weekend with the Hall’s annual Medallion Ceremony, on Sunday night. 

Kris Kristofferson and Marty Stuart were among those who remembered “Cowboy” Jack, who passed away in August. Kris also took part in the salute to Bare, while Tom T. Hall did the induction. In his acceptance Bobby credited his career to the late Chet Atkins, who gave him his first record deal.

Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss, and Don Schlitz, who wrote “The Gambler”, performed for Kenny who told the crowd his mother, who was a Hank Williams fan, introduced him to country music. He said he began performing as a four-year-old, entertaining residents at a nursing home, but it was a Ray Charles concert that inspired him to pursue a career in music.  He said his Hall of Fame induction ties everything he’s done together, and he admitted he’d feel like his career was “incomplete” if he never received the honor.

A host of other Hall of Famers, including Garth Brooks, Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee, and Mel Tillis, were also on hand for the ceremony.  They all took part in a finale performance of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” to close the 2013 event.

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