Singers, music stars in Nashville respond to Tom T. Hall

Singers, music stars in Nashville respond to Tom T. Hall


The word came to mind for several of Nashville and Tennessee’s biggest country music stars and industry cornerstones after the death of Tom T. Hall broke on Friday. 

Tom T. Hall, a Country Music Hall of Fame artist, died Aug. 20 at age 85. Hall died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, according to his son, Dean Hall. 

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With songs such as “I Like Beer,” the classic “That’s How I Got To Memphis” and “Harper Valley PTA,” Hall entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, alongside Emmylou Harris, The Statler Brothers and Ernest Stoneman. 

Singers and songwriters took to Twitter to commemorate Hall’s life, and how his influence, both musical and personal, touched them. 

Nashville’s Country Music Fall of Fame CEO Kyle Young tweeted a message remembering Hall’s life and contributions to the genre.

“Tom T. Hall’s masterworks vary in plot, tone, and tempo, but they are bound by his ceaseless and unyielding empathy for the triumphs and losses of others. My bet is we won’t see the likes of him again, but if we do I’ll be first in line for tickets to the show.” —Kyle Young, CEO

— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) August 21, 2021

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Jason Isbell, who has been in the news recently for requiring heightened COVID-19 safety measures at his concerts, called on Hall’s timeless talent.

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The simplest words that told the most complicated stories. Felt like Tom T. just caught the songs as they floated by, but I know he carved them out of rock. #RipTomTHall

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 21, 2021

Carly Pearce, who recently became the newest artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, mentioned a famous song of Hall’s that he wrote.

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One of my all time favorite songs is “Harper Valley P.T.A” RIP to one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Tom T. Hall. Your legacy & songs will live on. 🤍🙏

— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) August 21, 2021

The Oak Ridge Boys also called on a memory of Hall’s performance energy.

In 1978 when we sang at Mama Maybelle Carter’s funeral a saddened Johnny Cash walked up to the podium and asked Tom T Hall to stand with him. Johnny said “I draw strength from you Tom!” Thank you Tom T Hall for the song’s and the strength you provided to so many. #RIPTomTHall

— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) August 21, 2021

Storme Warren, a radio host based in Nashville, also recalled a particular memory of what Hall was like as a person.

RIP Tom T Hall. Thank you for the songs, your class and your hospitality. One of the greatest traditions in Nashville was Mr. Hall and Miss Dixie’s open house during Christmas. Open to anyone. It was magic. 🙏

— storme warren (@stormewarren) August 21, 2021

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, according to The Tennessean.

Molly Weisner is a digital producer for the USA Today network. Find her on Twitter @molly_weisner.