This ain’t no disco, it ain’t no country club … it’s a nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Longtime Nashville artist Sherly Crow joins a list of 14 tastemaking entertainers nominated to enter the Rock Hall this year, the Cleveland-based organization said Wednesday.
She’s one in a trio of artists with Nashville ties to earn a nod; the 2023 nomination class includes the White Stripes — an influential garage-rock duo launched by guitar ace Jack White years before he relocated to Nashville — and Country Music Hall of Fame legend Willie Nelson, who spent a decade-plus working on Music Row before becoming synonymous with Texas outlaw music.
The full 2023 Rock Hall ballot includes Iron Maiden, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest and Warren Zevon.
Listeners likely recognize Crow for her essential additions to the 1990s musical canon: “All I Wanna Do,” “Every Day Is A Winding Road,” “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” “If It Makes You Happy” … and the list goes on.
After moving to Middle Tennessee roughly two decades ago, she became a sought-after collaborator and familiar face on some of the city’s biggest stages. Crow often crisscrosses generations and genres in the studio, working with legends such as Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris, as well as trendsetting modern acts like The Highwomen and Chris Stapleton.
And she’s a regular on Nashville’s biggest stages, often joining all-star tribute concerts and one-off benefits for local causes. Last year, Crow headlined Live on the Green, a free festival hosted by radio station Lightning 100; this summer, she returns to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for the first time since 2018.
Crow is a first-time Rock Hall nominee.
With songs caked in lo-fi blues riffs and delivered with a punk-rock fervor, the White Stripes — featuring Jack White and Meg White — rose from local clubs in Detroit to become a leading force among 21st century rock music.
Formed in the late 1990s, the duo became known for songs like headbanging favorite “Dead Leaves On The Dirty Ground,” the fast-paced “Fell In Love With A Girl,” gentle-hearted “We’re Going To Be Friends,” white-knuckled “Blue Orchid” and,of course, “Seven Nation Army” — an anthem now synonymous with high-stakes sporting events.
Jack White moved to Nashville in 2005; two years later, the band recorded what would be its final album — “Icky Thump” — inside Berry Hill studio Blackbird. In 2009, after the White Stripes halted touring and recording, Jack White opened a outpost for his record shop and indie label, Third Man Records.
The White Stripes earned a nomination in the band’s first year of Rock Hall eligibility.
Nelson emerges as the latest addition to a growing cast of country artists to compete for a spot among rock ‘n’ roll royalty. If elected, he would join an elite class of artists — including Elvis Presley, Bill Monroe, Brenda Lee, the Everly Brothers, Hank Williams and Dolly Parton — inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He is a first-time nominee.
Roughly 1,000 historians, musicians and music industry veterans cast ballots each year for the Rock Hall, according to a news release. Officials plan to unveil 2023 inductees in May; an induction ceremony takes place later this year.