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Patty Loveless, Keith Whitley to be honored

Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, and the late Keith Whitley are among those who are slated as the 2011 inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

"This year's inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world," said Robert Lawson, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Executive Director. The actual induction will not take place until April 7. Tickets to the event are on sale at

The late Keith Whitley, was born in Ashland, Ky., in 1954. The singer grew up performing with Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs before releasing his first album in 1984. His hits include the Top 20 song, "Miami, My Amy." His 1988 album, Don't Close Your Eyes, contained three No. 1 hits, "When You Say Nothing At All," "I'm No Stranger To The Rain," and "Don't Close Your Eyes." "I'm No Stranger To The Rain" earned Keith his first and only CMA Award for Single of The Year in 1989.

Patty Loveless, born in Pikeville, Ky., has a string of hit songs to her credit, including "Blame It On Your Heart," "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," "That Kind Of Girl," and "You Don't Even Know Who I Am." She has won CMA Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and won 1995's Album of the Year for When Fallen Angels Fly. She recently won acclaim in bluegrass music circles for her acoustic albums, Mountain Soul and Mountain Soul II.

Steve Wariner, born in Noblesville, Ind., has earned accolades for his instrumental guitar work, including two Grammy Awards for Best Country Instrumental, and has charted Top Ten songs like "Holes In The Floor of Heaven," "Been There" (a duet with Clint Black), and "What If I Said" (a duet with Anita Cochran).

John Michael Montgomery, born in Danville, Ky., has charted several Top Ten songs, like "I Love The Way You Love Me," "Be My Baby Tonight," and "I Swear."

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