More Honors Than They Can Count
[photogallerylink id=58250 align=right] [lastfm link_type=""]Garth Brooks[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=""]Alan Jackson[/lastfm] have won more honors than you can shake a stick at, but the one they brought home the other night was near the top. The two were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Brooks said: “It’s the songwriter, that’s what it’s all about.” ”I mean this is it. We can talk all day about entertainer. We can talk all day about record sales. It starts with the songs. And to be confused as a songwriter, then honored as one, that’s the bomb.” Jackson and Brooks success over the last twenty years helped push country music from the county fair to major arenas and football stadiums. Brooks was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City earlier this year and is the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history with more than 128 million albums sold. Jackson spearhead the new traditionalist movement in country music and has 35 No. 1 country songs. On winning the award Alan says: ”I’ve won a lot of awards but the songwriting thing has always been most important to me.” “I’ve never thought of myself as much of a singer, so I’ve always fell back on my songwriting. It’s the most creative part of the business. It all starts with the songs.” Jackson and Brooks were inducted as songwriter/artists.