One of these artists is more familiar to you than the rest, I imagine, so I'll start with the mystery man, Hargus "Pig" Robbins. Who is he? What is he? Why is his nickname Pig?
These are all excellent questions. Hargus "Pig" Robbins is a pianist who went blind at age four (father, knife), but that didn't prevent him from playing with George Jones, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, and his fellow Hall of Fame inductee Connie Smith. I don't know why his nickname is Pig.
Connie Smith, who has a mammoth boxed set out this month on Bear Family Records, is better known to those of you born before 1960. She broke into the mainstream with her debut record, Connie Smith, that stayed at #1 on the country music charts for a pitiful seven weeks. Smith is considered one of the best voices in music by none other than Dolly Parton. She's also married to Marty Stuart (a kinky 14 years her junior).
And Garth Brooks. According to your tastes, he either ruined country music or is the messiah that brought country into the mainstream. What's certain is that he's made a lot of money for Nashville. And "Friends in Low Places," you have to admit, is pretty good.
The Hall of Fame hasn't yet announced when the induction ceremony will be held. Whet your appetites with this musical sampling of the inductees:
- Connie Smith performing "The Hurtin's All Over"
- Garth Brooks on VH1's I Love the 90s
- YouTube links to some of the songs Hargus "Pig" Robbins has played on
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville Records