When the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction last week, four names with roots in country music were among those included. Vince Gill and Toby Keith were nominated as performing songwriters, while tunesmiths Bobby Braddock and Bob McDill were nominated under the nonperforming distinction.
Gill writes and performs regularly, both as a solo artist and with Western swing group the Time Jumpers. In addition to the band’s usual Monday night showcases in Nashville, the group is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour and will play a benefit for lung cancer research on November 30th with Reba McEntire. Time Jumpers member Dawn Sears is currently battling the disease.
Keith, meanwhile, recently wrapped his Shut Up & Hold On Tour and released the new single “Drunk Americans.” While Keith didn’t write that particular song — Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Bob DiPiero share the honor — he has written some of his biggest hits, including “Made in America,” “American Soldier” and “I Love This Bar,” along with the poignant “Hope on the Rocks.”
Both Braddock and McDill are responsible for some of country’s most iconic songs. Braddock penned George Jones’ epic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” while McDill authored Alan Jackson‘s “Gone Country.”
Other notable non-country nominees include Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Miller, and Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. The winning nominees will be inducted during the 2015 Annual Awards Gala, June 18th at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.