Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Reveals 2016 Inductees

 Pictured (l-r) are: Pat Alger, chair of organization's Board of Directors; inductees Aaron Barker, Bob Morrison, Beth Nielsen Chapman and representing Townes Van Zandt, his son Will Van Zandt; and Mark Ford, executive director, NaSHOF. Photo By Bev Moser
Pictured (l-r) are: Pat Alger, chair of organization’s Board of Directors; inductees Aaron Barker, Bob Morrison, Beth Nielsen Chapman and representing Townes Van Zandt, his son Will Van Zandt; and Mark Ford, executive director, NaSHOF.
Photo By Bev Moser

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their newest inductees today. Townes Van Zandt, Aaron Barker, Beth Neilson Chapman and Bob Morrison will all join the ranks of Nashville’s songwriting elite at a ceremony on October 9 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

“The strength and power of the Nashville Songwriting Community is legendary all over the world,” Hall of Fame member Pat Alger said in an announcement of the new inductees.  “The legacy of the creative forebears of the songwriters currently making the noise in our town is annually recognized by the induction of a few of those great writers into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This year we are extremely proud to welcome the class of 2016: Aaron Barker and Beth Nielsen Chapman in the songwriter category; Bob Morrison in the veteran songwriter category and the late Townes Van Zandt as our songwriter/artist.”

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1970 and celebrates its 46th induction gala this year. The Hall of Fame currently boasts 199 members (not including those announced today), among them Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and Emmylou Harris.