Garth Brooks is the CMA Entertainer of the Year. Taylor Swift returned to Nashville just long enough to present the CMA award to him. In his acceptance speech, Brooks tipped his hat to the audience and said, “Thank you for a wonderful run.”
Brooks and the group of studio musicians who played on all his records, dubbed the G-Men, were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame last night in Nashville. Members include Bruce Bouton (steel guitar), Mark Casstevens (rhythm guitar), Mike Chapman (posthumously, bass), Rob Hajacos (fiddle), Chris Leuzinger (lead guitar), Milton Sledge (drums), and Bobby Wood (keyboards). These men performed with Brooks during the induction ceremony.
Brooks says he is proud that engineer Mark Miller and producer Allen Reynolds were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other inductees: Jerry Reed (posthumously), Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section (The Sound of Philadelphia), Ricky Skaggs. Engineers Lou Bradley, Ron “Snake” Reynolds and Joe Tarsia; Iconic Riff Award to Don Felder, lead guitarist of The Eagles for intro and solo on “Hotel California.”