Sometimes we forget about "the man behind the curtain" In "The Wizard Of Oz" it was the Wizard. In country music, it's any number of people behind the scenes that make things work, not the least of which is the songwriters. Yeah, you love George Strait, but do you have any idea who wrote all those great songs? Here's a hint; it wasn't George. Take a close look at your "Strait" CDs and you'll see a who's who of fantastic songwriters, many of which are in the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame.

 Jackson and Brooks are to be inducted next. No, not Michael and Mel, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks are among the elite who will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall. CMT Daily Roundup says Alan, who has written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 singles, says song ideas can come to him from anywhere! “I’ve heard ‘em in dialogue in movies or in a magazine ad or billboard or…and then, some of them just come clean out of thin air. Just, all the sudden you’re hummin’ this melody and this hook just pops up there [laughs]. It’s pretty strange.” Alan and Garth join hit songwriters John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin as this year’s inductees. They’ll be recognized during a dinner and induction ceremony held October 16th in Nashville.

 Among other inductees are John Bettis, who is credited for writing songs such as George Strait’s “Heartland” and the theme song to the 1980’s show, Growing Pains. Thom Schuyler has written songs for Randy Travis, Clint Black and LeAnn Rimes among others. Allen Shamblin is best known for writing songs like “Don’t Laugh at Me,” recorded by Mark Wills, Miranda Lambert’s “The House that Built Me” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”.

You can hear Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks on KIXS 108 every day.