After the 2020 CMA Awards, many people, including Rosanne Cash, weren’t happy when the show failed to honor many artists that have died throughout the year.
Jason Isbell and his wife, Amanda Shires, were so outraged that they have decided to leave the Country Music Association. In a tweet, the couple made their grievances heard.
“Due to @CountryMusic’s failure to mention John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver at the CMA’s last night, @amandashires and I have decided to return our membership cards. I doubt anybody will care, but we cared a lot about our heroes.”
Rosanne Cash Weighs In
Rosanne Cash, daughter of iconic singer Johnny Cash, fully supported their decision. She was also upset when a close friend, Jan Howard, failed to be recognized after she passed this year.
Cash commented on Isbell’s Twitter post for her over 143,900 followers.
“Also no mention of Jan Howard, 50 yr member of the Opry who made dozens of albums, had a #1 single with ‘Evil On Your Mind’ and was a Grammy nominee. She died in March at the age of 91, shortly after making her last Opry appearance at the age of 90. A lifelong friend.”
The tweet has gained a lot of attention with over 55 retweets, seven quote tweets, and 1,300 likes.
Many fans agreed with the 65-year-old singer and songwriter and added to her comment on other artists that went unnoticed.
Rosanne Remembers Harold Reid
Harold Reid from The Statler Brothers died in April of this year at the age of 80. The group released 58 songs that made their way into the Country Top 40 from 1965 until 1989, while 32 of them made it into the Top 10. The song “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine” was written by Reid and reached number one.
Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters died in June at 69-years-old. She left the group in 1977 and released a disco cover of “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” which made its way into the U.S. Top 20 pop hits in 1979.
Justin Townes Earle
Justin Townes Earle just died in August at the young age of 36. In 2009, the Americana Music Awards nominated Earle as Emerging Artist of the Year. Two years later, he won Song of the Year for his song, “Harlem River Blues.”
David Olney and Eric Taylor
David Olney died in January at 71-years-old. In his lengthy career, Onley recorded more than twenty American folk albums. Countless artists have covered his songs throughout his career.
Eric Taylor was 70-years-old when he died in March from liver disease. The Texas singer and songwriter was best known for storytelling style and songs that made “theater-style performances”. In 2016, Taylor was nominated for an Emmy Award for Musical Composition he wrote for a TV documentary.