NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tom T. Hall is a bit of a loner, so he found the red carpet at the BMI Country Awards a little overwhelming Tuesday night.
Truth is the newest BMI Icon is a homebody.
"I'm missing the second episode of a two-part ‘Gunsmoke' tonight," Hall joked. "That was bad. But I was very proud of the fact I could get back in my tux. I don't think I've had it on in 12 years."
The performing rights organization honored the 76-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member with a wide-ranging tribute.
"I think a song is just a song," Hall said. "They can do it with all kinds of different bands. It's just a lyric and a melody. I was talking to Kris Kristofferson one time. They asked him what was country, and he said, ‘If it sounds country, it's country.' So that's my philosophy."
Songwriter Luke Laird said Hall's style of songwriting is immediately identifiable.
"His songs, they call him ‘The Storyteller,' and they really do just suck you in," Laird said. "It's like a 3-minute movie. He really has mastered the art of that."