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The Country Music Hall of Fame just revealed the inductees for the 2022 class, which include Keith Whitley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Joe Galante. Lewis is being inducted in thee “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Whitley is being inducted in the “Modern Era Category,” and Galante, who helmed the RCA Nashville label, will get in as part of the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation.
- “The little boy from Ferriday, LA listening to Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams never thought he’d be in a Hall amongst them,” Lewis said in a statement. “I am appreciative of all those who have recognized that Jerry Lee Lewis music is Country Music and to our almighty God for his never-ending redeeming grace.”
- “When I heard the news I was being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was the first time in my entire career I was speechless,” says Galante. “I’m humbled, beyond honored and honestly, I’m still trying to wrap my head around this.”
- Whitley’s wife Lorrie Morgan accepted his honor, noting, “In my heart, this feels like an absolutely appropriate honor, but at the same time, I know that Keith would be painfully humbled and even shy about accepting an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” adding, “I am thrilled to see him honored this way.”
Dolly Parton is going to bring some Christmas cheer to NBC this holiday season. The singer is set to star in the new holiday movie-musical “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic,” described as a “modern-day musical about the making of a network TV special.” “’Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas’ is the frenetic backstage story and delightful on-camera results of Dolly’s desire to uplift an exhausted world’s spirits by sharing the unique “mountain magic” she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas,” the network shares. “Throughout the movie’s production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Men.” After the experience Dolly shows the world, “the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future.”