Dwight Yoakam, Larry Gatlin, Marcus Hummon, Kostas, Rivers Rutherford and Sharon Vaughn have been announced as the newest inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Wednesday (Aug. 7) at Nashville’s historic Columbia Studio A with several of the honorees present for the reveal.
Both Hummon (“Cowboy Take Me Away,” “Bless the Broken Road”) and Rutherford (“When I Get Where I’m Going,” “Real Good Man”) were on hand to share their gratitude with the songwriting community for being recognized in the 20-year songwriter category, while Kostas ("The Lonely Side of Love," "Ain't That Lonely Yet") provided a video message of thanks. Visibly emotional for the honor, Hummon and Rutherford held back tears when addressing the room filled with previous Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famers, family and friends.
“It does mean a lot to me,” Hummon said. “When I first got here, not a lot was happening for me. I didn’t know that I would fit in or not. I remember I was cutting a demo with five, six guys at [the] studio and I got a call from my publisher and she said, ‘Only Love’ went No. 1.’ I remember going outside and it was raining…I started running in the rain for the telephone and I put my money and I called my mom and dad. I said, ‘Hey, you won’t believe it. I got a No. 1,’ and my dad was so excited. He said, ‘That’s so great. They can’t take it away from you. No one can take it away from you.’ … So I was really glad to finally hear my name mentioned because you can’t take it away from me. Thank you very much. I could not be more grateful.”