Nashville honors its songwriters

  • Updated: October 8, 2012 - 7:36 PM

NASHVILLE - Kim Williams hesitated only slightly when asked who he thinks has been the best interpreter of his songs before the start of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "That's tough, but I'd say it would have to be Garth Brooks because I wrote them with him," Williams said. "He was part of the songs, too, before he sang them. We had so much fun writing together." They had a load of fun together Sunday night, too.

Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, were on hand to help celebrate this year's inductees -- Williams, Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Larry Henley. Brooks saluted Williams and Arata, while Yearwood paid tribute to Carpenter and Henley, the writer of the enduring hit "The Wind Beneath My Wings."

Carpenter, who is also a recording artist, is known for "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "Passionate Kisses" and "Down at the Twist and Shout." Henley's other big song is "He's a Heartache." Williams penned "Papa Loves Mama" and "New Way To Fly." Arata's résumé includes "Here I Am" and "The Dance," which Brooks sang during the ceremonies. Other interpreters of the songwriters' hits Sunday included Marc Cohn, Bekka Bramlett and Billy Burnette. The Songwriters Hall of Fame will open its first physical home in spring 2013 in Music City Center.

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