Musicians Hall of Fame 2019 inductees: Steve Wariner, Alabama, Felix Cavaliere and more

The 2019 class of inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame could have one heck of a jam session — and they'd need a massive stage to do it.

Thirty names will enter the hall later this year, the Nashville-based museum announced Tuesday.

The inductees include country giants Alabama, Don Everly of The Everly Brothers, acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Wariner and Rascals vocalist/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere.

They'll be joined by The Surfaris — the surf group behind one of rock's most iconic instrumentals, "Wipeout" — and more than a dozen unsung studio heroes from Nashville and Muscle Shoals, Ala.

They'll all be honored and formally inducted during an October 22 concert at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

It's a sprawling list, and that's partly due to the fact that this will be the organization's first induction ceremony since 2016.

In recent years, they've instead devoted the bulk of their resources to expanding and improving their museum space at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

Last year, the Rolling Stones brought their traveling exhibit to the museum for a highly successful run; the building also houses a permanent gallery for the Grammy Museum.

"It's not a yearly popularity contest. It is a lifetime of work," says museum founder Joe Chambers, "so there was no reason to cancel out whoever didn't get inducted the first year, because they very well could go in the next year."

Inductees are nominated by union members of the American Federation of Musicians, and several of this year's inductees have been part of the family for years. In past years, when his heroes Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed were inducted, Wariner performed in tribute.

Now that he's being inducted himself, Wariner says, "You dream about these kind of moments."

"I came to Nashville to be a musician. People ask me about the singing and the writing...but the roots, for me, is the playing."

"I know a lot of the other people that are in there, and I admire all of them," says Cavaliere.

He's long applauded the hall's celebration of "unsung heroes," like Nashville guitar great Reggie Young, who died earlier this year.

"You get your tears in your eyes when you hear (about) all of the songs this guy played on. And nobody knew his name at the time...I thought, from the inception, that (the hall of fame) was a great idea."

Three groups of session musicians are part of this year's class: The Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Muscle Shoals Horn Section, plus "The Players," a quintet of Nashville session greats. They include Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, John Hobbs, Brent Mason and Michael Rhodes.

The 2019 class is rounded out by late legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley, engineer Billy Sherrill and Taylor Guitars co-founder Bob Taylor, who will receive the "Industry Icon Award."

Tickets to the October 22 induction ceremony and concert go on sale August 5 through the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office.

Lisa Peterson