Bobbie Gentry and Steve Earle are among the composers who will be inducted as the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The five inductees will be honored during the NaSHoF Gala on November 1st, 2021, along with the yet-to-be-named inductees for next year — the 2020 ceremony was canceled due to the Covid pandemic.

Gentry’s iconic and mysterious “Ode to Billie Joe” would be enough to merit her inclusion in the Hall of Fame, but she also wrote and recorded “Fancy” and the Glen Campbell duet “Mornin’ Glory,” as well as releasing a handful of albums that were repackaged in 2018. For 35 years, Earle has been one of country music and Americana’s most revered singer-songwriters, penning popular hits like “Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road” in addition to the social commentary of “Christmas in Washington” and “John Walker’s Blues.”

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