The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released its list of 2022 nominees this week. Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame, performance-enhancing drug use — or any drug use for that matter — won’t keep them out. .
You can go to vote.rockhall.com and choose your five favorites. I went, but it was not so easy for me to vote. Fela Kuti, Devo, A Tribe Called Quest, New York Dolls, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Beck and Judas Priest are my favorites from this year’s list, but I can’t bring myself to narrow it down to five.
That of course means no, to me anyway, to Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Kate Bush, Eminem and, of course, Dolly Parton.
The thing about Parton, though, is that she deserves her own Mount Rushmore just for her overall awesomeness. I wouldn’t have considered her rock and roll, although her attitude is pretty rock. His creativity is also amazing. She once told radio host Bobby Bones that she was pretty sure she wrote “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” on the same day. She also wrote and recorded “9 to 5”, a hit song that accompanied a hit movie in which she co-starred. Triple threat.
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Even today, though the hits don’t come, she’s doing cool stuff like donating $1 million to her home state’s Vanderbilt University, for the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. She would continue to encourage people to get vaccinated.
It even has its own amusement park.
Parton is naturally in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Thinking about the possibility of her being in Rock Hall made me wonder how many country artists were there. Billboard magazine had the answer, posted via bit.ly/Billboard-country-rockhall. Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Floyd Cramer, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys are in the game.
So no women, unless you count Brenda Lee, and Patsy Cline isn’t there. Who could blame people for choosing Dolly? I mean, if Cramer is here, come on.
In the meantime, I still can’t narrow my list down to five.
Dr Pepper Park delivers Aaron LewisI guess neither Aaron Lewis nor his old band, Staind, ever go to Rock Hall. That doesn’t mean he’s not popular here. These days, Lewis has his own brand of country music in which he worries about the burning of the Confederate flag and statues, and he’s becoming a fixture at Dr Pepper Park, where he sold the place in June 2021 .
Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners are scheduled for July 23. This is part of the Northwest Ace summer concert series.
Tickets went on sale Friday at drpepperpark.com, priced at $69, $40, and $149 VIP (fees, plus tax).
Top CompositionGarth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs has announced its composition competition winner. Bohdan Sinchenko, or Ukraine, has won the 10th Annual Garth Newel Composition Competition, for his new piano quartet, Exsistentia.
His awards include a travel allowance to attend the first performance of his composition by Garth Newel Piano Quartet on July 30, according to a press release from the music center.
“I really wanted to transfer into music the feeling that Martin Heidegger called Dasein: when you feel the point where your own experience and the experience of several people come together at the same time, when you want to recreate the hopes and the pain that permeate you and many more,” Sinchenko said in the press release. “I felt that chamber music, with its potential to reveal intimate experiences, was the most relevant for this task.”
The piano quartet received over 100 submissions and selected three finalists – one from New York, one from Croatia and one from Los Angeles.
To learn more, visit garthnewel.org/garth-newel-piano-quartet/.
barter seasonLet’s move on to the world of arts and theater for a paragraph. The Barter Theater in Abingdon has announced its 2022 season, and it includes “9 to 5”. No Dolly, though. The season opens April 23 with “Kentucky Spring.” Get more information at bit.ly/barter22.