Smith and Cramer to Be Honored

The Country Music Hall of Fame will honor its newest inductees — Carl Smith and the late Floyd Cramer — during an invitation-only ceremony set for Sunday (May 2) at the Hall of Fame and Museum. Veteran studio guitarist Jimmy Capps will lead the special Medallion All-Star Band to back guest vocalists Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, Joe Nichols, Hank Locklin, Charlie Louvin, BR549’s Chuck Mead, Maura O’Connell and Connie Smith. The commemorative medals are traditionally presented to new inductees by other Hall of Fame members. Cramer’s wife, Mary, will accept the keepsake from Brenda Lee. Little Jimmy Dickens will present Smith’s medal. Cramer and Smith were officially inducted into the Hall of Fame in November 2003.