Past Shows https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/ Past Shows Tin Top Road, Sep. 21, 2018 September 21, 2018, "Tin Top Road" Years ago, on a trip to Weatherford, Texas, they saw a sign that read "Tin Top Road" so they used that as the name of the band. All band members are from Fairfield, Texas except Dennis who is from Elkhart, Texas. Steve Partain, banjo, guitar and vocals - New to bluegrass, but not new to the music scene. I spent several years singing in a gospel quartet and played rhythm guitar for church choirs and soloists. The bluegrass style of music became my passion after moving out of the city in 2003. Kathie Partain, Mandolin and vocals - I've always been around music growing up. I started singing as a teenager, but discovered bluegrass about 25 years ago on a family vacation to the Ozarks. Picking up the mandolin in 2009 brought my attraction for bluegrass to a new level. I enjoy jammin' and performing with my husband, Steve. God is so good to allow us to have this passion we can enjoy together. Clif Allen, Bass - I started keeping the beat playing the drums for my church youth group and while earning a degree at Texas A&M. Changing gears to Bluegrass, the bass was a natural fit for me. I especially like the beat of the newer Bluegrass styles. I am happily married to Katie, and together, we have a daughter named Anna. Jeff Harrison, Dobro and vocals - I started playing bluegrass in the unlikely town of San Antonio, adding an obsession to an already developed love of early country, western swing, cowboy music and Hot Club jazz. The last 20 years, I've traveled the world with my Air Force Major wife, Beth, and now retired, it's great to focus on pickin', singin', and having fun with the group. Dennis Conn, Guitar and vocals - Bands and fiddle contests backup are only part of the 40+ years of guitar pickin' and singing that I have shared. Gospel, country, bluegrass and even a little Texas swing are all part of my love for music. Bluegrass is my favorite and that enthusiasm comes out every time I get a chance to play. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205367108 205367108 Texas Elderly Brothers, Aug. 17, 2018 August 17, 2018, The "Texas Elderly Brothers," are five old Lampasas guys with deep musical roots. Although our group only dates back to 2015, the Lancaster brothers, Trent and Zane have a lifetime singing together. Trent and Robbis Storm played Folk and County music more than 50 years ago as students at Abilene Christian University. Most of us come from an a cappella, sacred music tradition. Trent, Zane, and Clark Corbin have 20 years of experience with the gospel group "Hims of Praise." We all enjoy various types of music, but nowadays, we specialize in early rock-n-roll, the finger-popping, toe-tapping music of the late "50s and early 60s." Drummer Pete Henniger, at 57, is the youngest of the Elderlies. After studying engineering and business administration at Central Texas College and UT Arlington, he currently works as a general contractor. Lancaster Plumbing owner, Zane Lancaster, plays rhythm guitar. He enjoys singing lead and harmonies of tunes from the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys. His wife Libby is the group's sound engineer. Clark Corbin specializes on vocals and electric bass, and is especially fond of fast paced rock-a-billy tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly and early Elvis. When he's not making music, Clark does custom decorative welding. One of his creations is a giant replica of Stevie Ray Vaughn's Stratocaster. Retired coach and former Abilene Christian University football star, Trent Lancaster, has also sung tenor in a barbershop quartet, "The Local Yokels." He is the group's principal guitarist and sings lead on the beautiful melodies of Roy Orbison and The Platters. Robbis Storm, at 73 and oldest of the Elderly Brothers, plays keyboard, guitar, and blues harmonica. Retired from 42 years in the hamburger business; he loves Elvis and Chuck Berry, as well as, bluesy artists like Jimmy Reed and Sam Cooke. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205367051 205367051 Harvest Ranch Wranglers, July 20, 2018 July 20, 2018 Harvest Ranch Wranglers, Western swing is the music of Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble, and many other top bands. In 1980, Ricky Boen won the Texas State Fiddle Championship, and in 1983 at the age of 20, he won the title of World Champion Fiddle Player in Crockett, TX. Ricky became the Missouri State Champion in 2011. He has performed with entertainers such as Red Stegall, Asleep at the Wheel, Moe Bandy, and Mickey Gilley. He spent 5 years playing fiddle with Jody Nix and The West Texas Cowboys and another 5 years as a part time musician. In 2005, The Ricky Boen and Texas Mud Show opened in Branson, Missouri. This would fulfill a dream for both Ricky and his dad of performing in a western swing band. In 2006, Ricky was asked to join The Sons of the Pioneers. He was a member of this prestigious group for 8 years. At the end of his time with The Pioneers, Ricky felt God calling him to the ministry. He and his wife, Laurie, moved to Liberty Hill, TX. Darrell Boen plays rhythm guitar, electric bass, and sings lead and harmony. He called square dances and taught lessons all over the country for 16 years. Retiring from square dance calling, he played and supported Ricky in fiddle contests. Teresa Garner began playing the guitar at age 14. After many years of being inspired and mentored by some of the most talented bluegrass players around the country, Teresa formed her own band, Teresa Garner Bluegrass Band. There isn't enough room on the poster and program to tell all of the accomplishments of Darrell, Teresa, and Ricky. Darrell and Ricky opened Harvest Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner Show in Liberty Hill, TX. You can read their many accomplishments on their website: http://www.harvestranchchuckwagon.com/wranglers/ https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205239145 205239145 Allen Hurt and The Mountain Showmen 06/15/2018 - Allen Hurt and The Mountain Showmen will perform a tribute to Porter Wagoner and Ray Price. Our June 15, 2018 Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame show will feature Allen Hurt and his Mountain Showmen band. Door prizes of two (2) acoustic guitars will be given away so you must be there to win. This show will be a tribute to Porter Wagoner and Ray Price and feature some of the songs made famous by these two country music stars. Allen Hurt has entertained music fans since an early age and has written over 1500 original country and bluegrass songs, some never recorded. Known for wearing the traditional rhinestone suits and singing with a unique high lonesome tenor voice that became his trademark sound. Over the years, Allen?s music gained notoriety on TV and radio throughout the US and Europe. His career crossed paths with music legends such as Ray Price, with whom he toured and shared the stage for many years along with other greats like Gene Watson, Bobby Bare, Del McCoury, and his long-time friend and mentor, Porter Wagoner. His musical talents earned him 14 Gold and 2 Platinum music sales awards along with the ?Texas Music Legends Award in 2005.? An inductee into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame, his awards are: ?Entertainer of The Year 2013,? ?Male Vocalist of The Year 2014,? ?Male Vocalist of the year for 2015,? ?Texas Star Award for 2016,? and the ?Directors Choice Award for 2017.? He is a Member of the Country Music Association (CMA) and is also an honorary member of the Fort Worth ?Songwriters Association.? Larry Light on drums and backup vocals, provides a smooth tenor voice that harmonizes with that special touch during Allen?s songs. He is proud to be a long-time member of the Mountain Showmen. Rod Gambrell on bass guitar, is a permanent Mountain Showmen. Rod has performed along-side Allen for many years and continues to be an intricate part of the Mountain Showmen sound. Skip Pilgram on steel guitar, shared his talents in Christian Ministries for most of his life and continues today. Skip is also a proud member of the Mountain Showmen. Glen Fleming on lead guitar, was the lead player for country legend Ray Price for many years in Ray?s well-known band, the Cherokee Cowboys. Having a lengthy past in the music industry, Glen also recorded and toured with LeAnn Rhines and was featured on TV shows such as Letterman, Leno, and the Grand Ole Opry. Today, he proudly performs as one of the Mountain Showmen. Al Mouledous on fiddle, has been in the music industry for many years and played alongside many greats including Allen?s mentor, country music legend, Porter Wagoner, and many others. Today, Al is a proud Member of the Mountain Showmen. GCM Hall of Fame website: http://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/ GCM Hall of Fame Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gatesville.country.music.hall.of.fame/ https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205088945 205088945 Grass Burrs, May5, 2018 2018-05-18, The Grass Burrs: All the members of the Grass Burrs started as a group called Island Texas playing what they call "Texas music with a Caribbean flavor," which was everything from Johnny Cash and Jimmy Buffet to ZZ Top. After 17 years of playing all across the state including the famed Gruene Hall, the group decided to get back to their first love of Bluegrass music and the Grass Burrs were formed. The group consists of Skip Brownlow (mandolin, guitar) and wife Becky (bass), their son, Jeremy (JB) (vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar, fiddle) and JB?s wife, Brandi (guitar), and Brandi's dad, Ken Burks (mandolin, vocals), and star of the group, CC Lopez (mandolin, vocals) Music was the mainstay in the Brownlow household. There was never a time that the Brownlow's were not involved in some group playing somewhere! CC has been with the group for about three years and adds much glitter and glam to the shows as well as booming vocals with an incredible range. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205045398 205045398 Roy Thackerson, "Fingerless Fiddler" March 16, 2018: Thackerson Family Musical Influence The Thackerson family; 7 boys and 1 girl, sang and played musical instruments. Roy's father played fiddle and guitar and his mother played guitar and sang. Roy's only sister sang while 6 other brothers picked guitar and sang. Roy was next to the youngest and his siblings ranged from 5 to 19 years older than he. Music was a pastime for the Thackerson family long before TV and computers. The family played music for entertainment, and on holidays they were always found sitting around pickin' and grinning'. Childhood Accident Roy started playing the guitar at the age of 5 and was actually learning chords. At the age of 6, like all young boys, curiosity got the best of him one afternoon when Roy found what he thought was a firecracker. Putting a match to a dynamite cap, changed Roy's life in a way that would challenge him each and every day for the rest of his life. The smallest tasks became major obstacles. Not only did Roy lose the fingers on his left hand, but he also lost the sight in his left eye. As a result, Roy is unable to hold and chord any stringed instrument in the usual fashion. From Guitar to Fiddler With a great determination, dedication, and the love of music, Roy overcame what some would call a handicap. At the age of 26, Roy decided he wanted to play the fiddle. He used that same determination to play Dobro, mandolin, and some piano. A Very Unique Device for a Very Unique Fiddler With the help of family and a few good friends, they created Roy's design. Using a belt, Roy fastens the "Gut Strap" around his waist. The cushioned arm holds the fiddle in place as he plays/frets over the top. A large rubber band is fastened over the neck of the fiddle to keep it from "floating" when pressure is applied as he frets the fiddle. "Someday I'm going to play on the Grand Ole' Opry." As a young teenager, Roy once told his friends and family, "One day I'm going to play on the Grand Ole' Opry." You can only imagine the kind of response he received with that statement. Roy realized his dream of playing on the Grand Ole' Opry. He was Roy Acuff's guest on the show several times a year from 1978 to 1992. Search Roy Thackerson on Google for several websites that have much more information and several videos about this entertainer. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204929235 204929235 Three-For-All, Jan. 19, 2018 Jan. 19, 2018, Three-For-All's passion is three-part harmony. The trio is made up of Rick Karnes, Cinny Adkins, and Janee Trasler. Cousins Rick and Cinny have a family history with deep musical roots. Their grandfather, aunt, uncle, and Rick's mama, Rose Carter Karnes were the original members of the beloved gospel group, the Chuck Wagon Gang. These two learned the language of music before they could even talk. Rick, in addition to singing and arranging, is also an accomplished finger-style guitar picker. He has sung in many groups over the years, including his own run with the Chuck Wagon Gang. He has sung on stages from New York to Florida, from Texas to the East Coast, and many stops in between. He and his lovely wife Rita live in Azle, Texas in the same house he grew up in, and within hollering distance of their three children and eleven-and-a-half grandkids. Cinny has also sung in several groups throughout her life. She has a rich clear voice that bounces effortlessly from lower to higher registers and adds that high sweet harmony that just seems to ice the cake. Cinny's family left Texas for Arkansas when she was a little girl, but she got back here as fast as she could. She lives in Fort Worth where she keeps an extremely busy calendar. She has three daughters and nine grandchildren who all live in Texas. Janee was not blessed with the musical heritage her group mates were born to. She comes from a long line of bathtub singers, but she ventured out in 2013 and met up with Rick at a pickin'. They've been singing together ever since. The only member of the trio still on the job, Janee is a children's book author and illustrator who also dabbles in puppeteering. She lives in Grapevine, Texas with her imported husband, three puppies, and a squeaky little guinea pig. The trio sings a variety of music including gospel, country, bluegrass, 40s, 50s, and the occasional folk song. Really, anything that lends itself to three-part harmony is fair game. They will admit to a particular fondness for Everly Brothers' tunes. They enjoy singing at churches, senior centers, and community centers. On the second Saturday of every month, they host a pickin' at the Birdhouse in Covington, Texas. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204746823 204746823 Jay and Tammy Variety Show April 20, 2018 The "Jay and Tammy Variety Show" is how they advertise their shows. They select the various styles of music that appeal to today's multi-generational audiences. You will enjoy their music no matter which genre of music is your favorite. Jay & Tammy Roy are highly talented professional musicians. Their vocal and instrumental music selections span almost a century of American music. Their repertoire includes music from the Swing era, The Big Band Era, Classic Country, Western, Gospel, 50's and 60's Rock and Roll, Bluegrass and old favorites from the pop charts and artists. Jay has played music with Merle Travis, Freddie Fender and Chubby Wise. His first recording was a 45 record in 1968 in New Orleans on Bourbon St. Together, Jay and Tammy have recorded 11 CD's. They've entertained from Alaska to Maine, Canada to South Texas, Canada in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, The Iles De La Madeleine (Que.) and across Newfoundland, Canada. In 1989, they were on the "CBS This Morning Show" with Harry Smith and Paula Zahn in a segment about RV'ing in the U.S. They've appeared in Branson Missouri at the Branson Star Theater and are seen regularly on the nationally televised RFD-TV, Midwest Country Show from Sandstone, Minnesota. They appeared on the Midwest Country Show on March 19, 2017 and July 12, 2017. They will appear again on the Midwest Country Show on June 14, 2018 for a "Remembering Marvin Rainwater" Tribute show. http://www.midwestcountry.com/mwcScdPage.htm They won the 2010 Directors Choice Award at The Wahoo Country Music Show, in Wahoo, Nebraska, and were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame, Golden Infinity Award for Master Musicians on April 17, 2015. They've received many more awards, too numerous to mention. GCM Hall of Fame website: http://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/ GCM Hall of Fame Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gatesville.country.music.hall.of.fame/ Our website can be viewed in mobile format or regular Desktop format. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204977319 204977319 Joel Hofmann Band - 02/16/2018 02/16/2018 The "Joel Hofmann Band" is the house band for Riley's Tavern in Hunter, TX. The band consists of Joel Hofmann (guitar, vocals, and Riley's Tavern owner), Billy Dee plays bass, Big John Mills (guitar), and Clay Rheinlander (drums). "Being a lifetime County-Roots-Rockabilly fan and musician, Joel began playing publicly in 2002. The band has had several incarnations of great musicians over the years, but the group we have now is by far the tightest. We can do anything from strict traditional country two steppers and waltzes, to blues and rock and roll. Joel selected songs to fit our family style audience." "Joel currently has three albums out. One is a studio album with a mix of originals and cover songs featuring some really great names in the music business. Redd Volkaert (widely known guitarist) and Earl Poole Ball set in on a few songs, as well as, steel guitar genius James Shelton. The latest record was done this year at Triple Crown in San Marcos, Texas by Ace Pepper. We have a 2016 release called Shop Sessions." You can check that out on Joel's home page. https://www.joelhofmannband.com/ https://www.facebook.com/RileysTavern/ https://www.facebook.com/joelhofmannband/posts/10154975170081363 "Big John Mills plays lead guitar in the band and has many accolades including Texas Music Artist of the Year. Both have played in many legendary bands. He is a Texas legend and guitar virtuoso, and began playing guitar at age 6. By age 16, Mills was earning a living as a highly sought-after guitarist and session musician. He has three CDs to date: 'Big John Mills' (1998), 'Honky Tonks and Neon Lights' (2003), which was the first self-released CD by an independent artist to hit the Americana Top 10, and 'THAT: Tributes Heartaches and Texas.' (2007). His fourth CD is currently in production." You can visit Big John Mill's page at www.bigjohnmills.com . "The band, currently, has two hall of famers in the band. Bass man, Billy Dee Donahue, was formerly the house band leader of Gilley's Club. He was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2014." https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204829508 204829508 Southern Anthem, 11/17/2017 11/17/2017, Southern Anthem, Genres: Country, Gospel, Bluegrass Specialty: Vocal Harmonies, Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Saxophone Wendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan Pausewang, collectively known as Southern Anthem, are back in the RGV with a brand new "Branson-style" show for 2018. From fairs and festivals, church auditoriums, national television appearances, and requests from Nashville, Branson and beyond, the demand for their unique family harmony now has them traveling full time. Southern Anthem has been featured on America's RFD-TV, the legendary WSM 650 Radio and are members of the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame. These heart-warming performers play country, gospel and a little bluegrass music to standing room only audiences. With Mikaela, age 17, singing lead on most of their songs, she has an amazing voice that always captivates the crowd. The others join her, creating a tight and beautiful harmony that only can be achieved when you combine vocals within a family. Derek, age 18, is a very talented lead guitar, mandolin and banjo picker; there's never a dull moment in the show with his jokes. Wendy plays rhythm guitar and saxophone while the star of the show, 12 year-old Logan, really gets the crowd going by perusing the audience as he "saws out" everyone's favorite tunes on his fiddle! Southern Anthem creates a crowd-pleasing experience that people can relate to and remember. Their love of "good, clean" music, along with the wonderful responses they receive from their fans, are and always will be the fire that drives them. You can't afford to miss this show! https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204581847 204581847 Amazed 12/15/2017, Amazed - Russell Thompson began singing and playing music at a very early age. He has many talents; he can play several instruments, but has a deep love for the guitar. He has traveled and ministered with many groups such as ?Sovereign Grace Singers?, ?Master?s Harvest?, ?Eastern Sky?, and ?Amazed?. Russell and his wife Elisabeth also are a part of the Praise and Worship team in their church. He is a vital part of ?Amazed?, and Russell desires to use his God given talents to share Jesus with a lost and dying world. Elisabeth Thompson was reared in a Christian home that was musically inclined and has sung most of her life. For several years, Russell and Elisabeth have been part of the Praise and Worship team in their church. She has a passion for sharing the love, grace, and mercy of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Being a part of the ministry of ?Amazed? is a blessing, and a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus. It is her desire to share Jesus so that souls are saved and delivered from the hand of the enemy. Milissa Beechem?s mother, father, and other family members inspired her love of music. Singing at the age of three in church where her father was a minister, she amazed others by her big voice from her small body. The family traveled all over the U.S. singing and spreading God?s love. The family singing group, known as the ?Sovereign Grace Singers?, recorded an album when Milissa was nine. Milissa?s father passed away when she was 14 so they stopped traveling. When she was 16, Milissa, her mother, brother, and his wife Elisabeth, began singing with a group called ?Master?s Harvest? and they recorded an album called ?Master?s Harvest?. She graduated from Troy High School, and later, graduated from Baylor University with a degree in education. In 1990, Milissa married Michael Beechem, and was blessed with her daughter, Cortney in 1995. Kim Watson always felt a calling to sing for Jesus, but didn?t answer that call until about seven years ago. When God calls you, He will provide what you need. When she sings, you can see that it is straight from her heart, and really believes every word. It is truly the desire of her heart to sing for Jesus and lift up His name. John and Kim consider it an honor and a privilege to be called to spread the gospel of Christ, anywhere they are led. John Watson wears many hats in the ?Amazed? ministry. He is the sound engineer, photographer, and manages the group. Support members: Curtis Gan - Sound System Assistant Joyce Gan - Booking Agent, CD Sales and Ministry in Sign Language https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204678306 204678306 Jay and Tammy Roy Variety Show 10/20/2017 - Jay & Tammy Roy Back from their annual trip up the east coast from Texas to Canada and back. Our Friends, Jay and Tammy Roy will be our featured performers on our September 20, 2017 stage show. Always in demand, Jay and Tammy put on a show for the entire family. It's a night of entertainment you don't want to miss. The "Jay and Tammy Variety Show" is how they advertise their shows. They select the various styles of music that appeal to today's multi-generational audiences. You will enjoy their music no matter which genre of music is your favorite. Jay & Tammy Roy are highly talented professional musicians. Their vocal and instrumental music selections span almost a century of American music. Their repertoire includes music from the Swing era, The Big Band Era, Classic Country, Western, Gospel, 50's and 60's Rock and Roll, Bluegrass and old favorites from the pop charts and artists. Jay has played music with Merle Travis, Freddie Fender and Chubby Wise. His first recording was a 45 record in 1968 in New Orleans on Bourbon St. Together, Jay and Tammy have recorded 11 CD's. They've entertained from Alaska to Maine, Canada to South Texas, Canada in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, The Iles De La Madeleine (Que.) and across Newfoundland, Canada. In 1989, they were on the "CBS This Morning Show" with Harry Smith and Paula Zahn in a segment about RV'ing in the U.S. They've appeared in Branson Missouri at the Branson Star Theater and are seen regularly on the nationally televised RFD-TV show, Midwest Country Show. They appeared on the Midwest Country Show on March 19, 2017 and were live on show on July 12, 2017 in Sandstone Minnesota. They won the 2010 Directors Choice Award at The Wahoo Country Music Show, in Wahoo, Nebraska, were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame (GCM Hall of Fame) in 2013, and received the (Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame) Golden Infinity Award for Master Musicians on April 17, 2015. They received many more awards, too numerous to mention. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204482328 204482328 Sowell Family Band 09/15/2017 This family band consists of Guynn Sowell (dad), Cindy Sowell (mom), twin-daughters, and 4 sons. Cindy sings lead and low harmony. She is also responsible for all the music lessons, practices and performances. Each of the kids play several instruments very well and they often switch instruments during their performances. Jacob is 20 years old and his main instrument is the 5-string bluegrass banjo. He also sings lead and low bass harmony. Joshua, is 19 years old and he plays the guitar and mandolin. He also sings lead and tenor harmony. Twin sisters, Naomi and Abigail are 17 years old. Naomi plays the big upright bass and sings lead on a song. Abigail plays the mandolin and fiddle and sings lead and high harmony. Younger brother, John Mark, is 12 years old and he loves playing the fiddle and mandolin. He also provides harmony on some songs. Justus, age 10, has become a full-time member, playing guitar on songs he can keep up with his older siblings. He even sings lead on a song with John-Mark. Guynn provides band management, driving, and guidance for the group and helps book their performances. This family band is a ministry focused on performing at "The Gathering Place", assisted living facilities, country churches, senior adult events and teaching music camps in Serbia and Romania. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203641649 203641649 Anji Pearl & Charlie Day, August 18, 2017 08/18/2017, Charlie Day is the nephew of Jimmy Day, one of the greatest steel guitar players ever known in the country music industry. Playing on the road with his uncle, and still just a teenager, Charlie was given opportunities to use his natural musical gifts playing with Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, David Allen Coe, Merle Travis, Johnny Gimble, Johnny Lee, Web Pierce, Ferlin Huskey, Johnny Duncan, Floyd Tillman, and Mel Street to name a few. Charlie played often on the Grand Ole Opry, and was a regular on the Louisiana Hayride. Without formal training, Charlie has performed on stage most of his life. He once owned his own music store where he built and sold steel guitars. On the cold night of Nov. 4th, 2015, Charlie and Anji Pearl met at a pickin' around a campfire. Anji Pearl is the doghouse bass player and singer for the band "Pearl and the Polka Dots". Playing the upright bass only a short time, Anji and two others played as "Pearl and the Polka Dots". They spent the last three, busy years playing music festivals, The Old Settlers Reunion, SXSW (a famous Austin, TX music festival), and churches. They've even played at one of their favorite shows, the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame. Since meeting, Charlie and Anji Pearl have been writing songs and performing all over Texas. During the week, the two of them work with Special Needs individuals where they have a program sharing their own and donated instruments. Charlie shares his love of music and teaches them how to play. He then, joyfully, hands them their own guitar. Singing classic country songs and songs they have written, Charlie and Anji Pearl sing the words they believe are true. They always try to provide their audiences an evening of pure and sweet entertainment. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204298366 204298366 Mike & Dixie Dunton 07/21/2017, Mike and Dixie Dunton call Hico, Texas their home. They are a couple of traveling minstrels, who have performed in places from Florida to California. Mike began his life of music in St. Augustine, Florida. He grew up in a musical family where many evenings were devoted to friends and family playing music on the front porch. His mother (in order to keep an active little redhead busy) would put him in a big chair with his father's dobro and instruct the four-year old to "play her a song". He still plays that same dobro today. Mike found his real love when a relative gave the family an old upright piano. His parents recognized what a talent he had for the piano and obtained classical training for him. That training would stand him in good stead and provide a substantial foundation for his music. Fate; however, had something else in mind. Early on, he discovered rock and roll. Goodbye Beethoven! He was off to form his own band, playing across the Southeast. Rock-a-billy was for him! Mike always felt he belonged in Texas, and in 1975, he brought his music to Texas and never left. Dixie started her performing at the ripe old age of two in Ft. Worth, Texas where she sang for anyone who would listen. Will Rogers Coliseum, North Ft. Worth Coliseum, New Isis Theatre or singing on a downtown corner (when she could escape while her mother who was looking at pattern books at Leonard Brothers). One night her mother took her to the North Ft. Worth Coliseum to see the Kitty Well's Show. As she peered between the balcony railings (awe struck), she knew this was for her. Later she performed with the USO in Europe and many other venues in Texas and California. She fell in love with a piano player, and the rest is history. Mike and Dixie play VINTAGE music: Country, Gospel, and Old Time Rock and Roll. Mike and Dixie along with our Hall of Fame house band, the "Country Sounds" should make this a fun night full of sounds from the past which we hope will please you. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204210157 204210157 Gene Snow & Paula Reid, Texas Eagle Dirt Band 06/16/2017, Gene Snow and Paula Reid, known as the Texas Eagle Dirt Band, performs country music, flavored with God and Country. Their classic country music is blended into much of their original songs. Gene is a good old "down home" country boy, originally from Wichita Falls, Texas. Back in 1976 he was transplanted to Texarkana where he made his home for almost twenty years. In late 1991, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee for two and a half years where he developed music business relationships that are invaluable today as he continues his music career. He performed on the Grand Ole Opry Stage, hosted a Writer's Night on the historic Printer's Ally, and provided a pre-show performance for the Jim Ed Brown Theater for two seasons, along with other notable appearances in and around Nashville. He sings with a strong and serious message, much of the time, but has a happy, fun-loving spirit that is always well received and loved. With his sincere exchange of feeling with the audience, he illuminates a positive charisma, which is hard to deny. Throughout Gene's career, his sister, Paula Reid, was the stabilizing and motivating force behind the successes that continuously marked his path. As a great songwriter, she wrote many songs that from the beginning advanced him as a respected recording artist. He released a single in Southern Gospel music in 1996, "Fire On The Mountain in Galilee", that got some serious radio air-play. Gene released a song to the Bluegrass market in 1998 written by Paula, "Kentucky Moon", and it charted at #30. Gene toured with the Country Legend, Tillman Franks, for six years in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These were some of the most important years of his musical training and grooming. Gene and Paula organized the Texas Eagle Dirt Band and are now performing across the nation with the four-piece band at corporate functions, tourist venues, private parties, cowboy churches, and dances. Our schedule stays full, but we're lovin' every minute of it. Recently, we've featured the classic music of the country greats. Folks seem to really appreciate our tribute performance to these stars who built country music. We also continue to add our own original songs and the Christian country that helped to build our house. Our Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame house band, "Country Sounds", will perform backup for Gene and Paula. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204089197 204089197 George Allison, 05/19/2017 05/19/2017, Singer/songwriter, George Allison, has written well over 150 songs, starting in the late 1960's and continues to write songs. His songs are about the blues, drinking, dancing, partying too much, and songs about love lost, as well as, many beautiful love songs and ballads. He writes humorous songs and songs just about life. As with many song writers, his songs are a reflection of his own experiences. Performing since 1977, George performed as a single act, a duo, and in a four-piece band. Over the years, George released several albums including Barmaids And Barstools, Blind Crippled And Crazy, It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, A Long Time Comin', My Heart Is In The Shape Of Texas, Some Old Some New, Mine And Others, and some live recorded CD's of dances where he played. George is an artist who likes to sing songs with his own voice inflection, but at the same time, staying true to the artist who made the song popular. George has the unique ability to give his audiences a multitude of sounds like the stars who made the songs famous. From yodeling songs like Jimmy Rogers to moaning the blues like Hank Williams, melodic tones of Merle Haggard, and ballads like the great George Jones. George Allison's vocal range is almost three octaves allowing him to sing a variety of songs, such as, Cattle Call and his comic rendition of Kenny Rogers' song "Lucille". In this song, George substitutes his own voice for the voices of Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Tiny Tim. He sounds amazingly like these three famous singers. George played almost every venue, from street corner to shows with Freddy Fender in Morcambe, England. George appeared on programs with Ricky Skaggs, Pirates of The Mississippi, Steve Warner, Mark Collie, Del Reeves, and Carl Perkins. George made numerous trips to Scotland and Northern Ireland to entertain audiences. Venturing into Bluegrass, he performed at the Pearl Bluegrass Jam in Pearl, TX. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203999017 203999017 Jay and Tammy Variety Show, 04/21/20171 04/21/2017 - "Jay and Tammy Variety Show" is how they advertise their shows. They select the various styles of music that appeal to today's multi-generational audiences. You will enjoy their music no matter which genre of music is your favorite. Jay & Tammy Roy are highly talented professional musicians. Their vocal and instrumental music selections span almost a century of American music. Their repertoire includes music from the Swing era, The Big Band Era, Classic Country, Western, Gospel, 50's and 60's Rock and Roll, Bluegrass and old favorites from the pop charts and artists. Jay has played music with Merle Travis, Freddie Fender and Chubby Wise. His first recording was a 45 record in 1968 in New Orleans on Bourbon St. Together, Jay and Tammy have recorded 11 CD's. They've entertained from Alaska to Maine, Canada to South Texas, Canada in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, The Iles De La Madeleine (Que.) and across Newfoundland, Canada. In 1989, they were on the "CBS This Morning Show" with Harry Smith and Paula Zahn in a segment about RV'ing in the U.S. They've appeared in Branson Missouri at the Branson Star Theater and are seen regularly on the nationally televised RFD-TV show, Midwest Country Show. Their most recent appearance on Midwest Country Show was on March 19, 2017. They will be live on the Midwest Country TV Show on July 12, 2017, at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Sandstone Minnesota. They won the 2010 Directors Choice Award at The Wahoo Country Music Show, in Wahoo, Nebraska, were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame (GCM Hall of Fame) in 2013, and received the (GCM Hall of Fame) Golden Infinity Award for Master Musicians on April 17, 2015. They received many more awards, too numerous to mention. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203845239 203845239 Allen Hurt and the "Mountain Showmen" 03/17/2017, Because of personal issues, our scheduled performers for March 17, 2017, Bridgett Huffhines (Patsy Cline impersonator) and Joyce Marek (Minnie Pearl impersonator) had to cancel their appearance. We are fortunate that Allen Hurt was available for that evening. Thank you, Allen, for meeting our need on short notice. Allen has been entertaining music fans from an early age and has written over 1,500 original country and bluegrass songs; some were never recorded. He is known for wearing the traditional rhinestone suits and singing with a unique high lonesome, tenor voice that would become his trademark sound. Over the years, Allen?s music gained airplay on radio stations throughout the US and Europe. His career crossed paths with music legends such as Ray Price, with whom Allen toured and shared the stage for many years. He shared the stage with other greats, such as, Don Williams, Bobby Bare, Del McCoury and his long-time mentor, Porter Wagoner. Allen?s music talent earned him 14 Gold and 2 Platinum Texas Music Legends (TML) music awards. The TML was awarded in 2005. He received the Gatesville Country Music Hall Of Fame?s ?Entertainer of The Year for 2013? and ?Male Vocalist of The Year for 2014?. Continuing to write songs and play the Country music he loves, Allen proudly performs today with his band ?The Mountain Showmen?. He is a member of the Gatesville Country Music Hall Of Fame and a Member of the Country Music Association (CMA). He is also an honorary member of the Fort Worth Songwriters Association. Larry Light, Allen?s drummer, is a proud, permanent member of The Mountain Showmen, and will sing a few of songs as part of the opening act before bringing Allen on stage. Larry provides that smooth touch which makes the ?showmen sound? truly come alive. His music industry background spans a lifetime of professional experience performing with many bands that have graced the stage. His unique style of playing country music has earned him a reputation of being one of the best and most sought after in the business. Other members of Allen?s band are Al Mouledous on the fiddle, David Groves playing lead guitar, and his bass player, to be determined. Terry Pilant, steel guitarist, will perform with Allen?s band. Terry has played a few times in our house band ?The Country Sounds?. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203761514 203761514 Balyeats 02/17/2017 Our Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame show for February 17, 2017 will feature the Balyeats and our house band, ?The Country Sounds?. As noted on this month?s poster, we may have some UNANNOUNCED GUESTS to perform on this show. The Balyeats are an award-winning band from Montana sharing their love for Jesus in music around the country. They are back on the road after a two-year break with two new CDs of original music written by Nancy Balyeat. Nancy wrote several songs that charted in the top 40 of Independent Inspirational charts in a sampling of over 100 stations around the country. Her song, "Whatever Is True", based on Philippians 4:8, made #1 last fall. The current performing members of the band are James and Amanda Balyeat, both skilled musicians who received awards in singing and playing Country Gospel and Bluegrass. Their boys, David (6yrs) and Matthew (5yrs) have performed as well. David received CGMA?s western region young performer of the year in 2016. Nancy and Charity Balyeat add vocals and harmonies to the band as well as guitar and fiddle. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204423521 204423521 A Special Talent Show Night 01/20/2017, There is no shortage of country, gospel, and bluegrass talent in Texas. We want to provide a special night for some of these talented people to perform on our January 20, 2017 stage show. Much of this talent can be seen in places like the Pearl Bluegrass Jamboree and our own monthly Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame stage show. For those who have the talent and want to perform on our stage, contact Roger Vierse at (254) 547-6834. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203519350 203519350 The Erwins Dec. 16, 2016, The Erwins The Erwin?s started singing as soon as they were able to talk. Appearing in over 270 dates a year with their mother and father. They?ve traveled their entire lives singing in concerts, revivals, and conferences across the country. Three of the four siblings, Keith, Kody, and Kris performed as a trio until 2013 when Katie was added to the group. Their new CD, ?Back To The Basics? is a fresh, new sound with the addition of Katie?s voice. Lead singer, Keith Erwin is the eldest (age 24). Receiving several music and basketball scholarships after high school, he turned them down to sing with his family. When not singing, he enjoys playing his guitar, golfing, fishing, and talking about sports. Katie Erwin (16) sings alto. The brothers affectionately referr to her as the ?rose among the thorns?. Her stage presence makes her a favorite everywhere she goes. Kris Erwin (20), the youngest brother, is fulfilling his life-long desire to sing Gospel music. He sings baritone for the group. Kris is responsible for finding new songs for the group to sing, and is in charge of the product table. He loves meeting new people, serving the Lord, and playing piano and bass guitar. Kody Erwin (22) is the quiet one and sings bass. He loves playing golf, bass fishing, and hunting. He was All-State in Basketball for two years, and named, Honorable Mention All-American. Kody says he is now enjoying ?life after high school!? Keith says, ?Singing is all we know; it's our life and our joy to serve the Lord with the voices He gave us. We know the Lord doesn't need us, but He chose to use us, and for that we are thankful. We simply want to spread the Word of Jesus Christ and reach as many people as we can!? Jay and Tammy Roy are on our stage at least once a year as featured entertainers. Our audiences consider them one of their favorite performing couples. They pack the house. I?m told they will do their most requested gospel songs ?In Step With The Master? and ?On My Father?s Side?. Lana Chapman is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist from Hamilton, TX. Brought up around country music; she loves singing country gospel. I think her singing will tell us more about her than words can express. I believe you will enjoy her beautiful voice. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203386356 203386356 "Southern Anthem" Nov. 18, 2016 Our November 18, 2016 stage show will feature the "Southern Anthem" family band. They have many new songs to share with us. They always fill the auditorium; they are just a wonderful band. http://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com Wendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan Pausewang, collectively known as Southern Anthem, bring a fresh sound to long-time country and gospel favorites. From church auditoriums, fairs and festivals, to Branson, national television appearances, and requests from Nashville and beyond, the demand for their unique family harmony now has them traveling across the US. What started as a need to have interim talent at a local theater production has grown into a full-time profession. Although the group began singing in church years ago, they never dreamed it would lead to the calling that God placed in their hearts. The band has a growing audience spanning from the youngest to oldest of fans enthralled by the talent of the Pausewang family. Southern Anthem was inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame in July 2015, then voted "Inspirational Group of the Year" in Dec 2015. These heart-warming performers sing to standing room only audiences. The band of four has a tight and beautiful harmony that only can be achieved when you combine vocals within a family. Live instrumentation with guitars, fiddle, mandolin and saxophone add to the quality and interest of their music. Southern Anthem creates a crowd pleasing experience full of fun audience interaction and humor that people can relate to and enjoy. Their love of "good, clean" music, along with the wonderful responses they receive from their fans, are and always will be the fire that drives them. Come out to a show this year and you won't be disappointed. Southern Anthem and their young fiddle player, Logan, put on a show you don't want to miss! A note from Southern Anthem: "Thank you for your support and encouragement for what we do... we truly appreciate you and hope that you are blessed by our music." Check their newest YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsRzVa8iK84&feature=share https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203203893 203203893 The Coleman Brothers and The Lone Star Boys Oct. 21, 2016, The Coleman Brothers, Craig Coleman is on the left (mandolin/vocals), Corey Coleman on the right (fiddle/guitar). Craig and Corey are part of this five-piece band called The Lone Star Boys. Dr. Craig Coleman served as superintendent of schools for Harleton ISD from 2007, but to bluegrass fans, he?s just a great mandolin player. Self-taught East Texas musicians, Craig formed the band with younger brother Corey when they were teenagers. Tired of not making any money, they went to college to pursue careers outside of music. Corey Coleman plays fiddle and is the lead singer. Corey compliments his singing abilities with his old-time fiddle style. Bluesy and soulful, Corey's fiddle adds to the vocals without distracting from the brother-style harmonies that are the backbone of the group. Bill Monroe once invited the brothers to play for the Grand Ole Opry?s Fan Fair Bluegrass Show. They?ve played at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and won second place in the Fan?s Choice Band Contest presented by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. The band shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, the Dixie Chicks, Dr. Ralph Stanley, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, and many others. They?ve recorded four albums of traditional bluegrass and original music. Alan Tompkins is an avid bluegrass fan and established banjo and acoustic bass player. A native of western Kentucky, Alan moved to Texas in 1983 to earn an MBA from SMU and went on to become a licensed attorney and CPA in Texas. He played southern gospel and country music extensively before and during his college years. We don?t have space to include his admirable and extensive professional and music biography on this program. Kaleb Anderson, banjo player for the band, a native of Carthage, TX. He found a love of bluegrass at a very early age. His hard-driving bluegrass banjo makes a great addition to the group. The Colemans say, ?We are really proud to have him with us.? Michael Morrison began playing guitar at the age of two. At the tender age of six, Michael had the opportunity to play on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Michael won the Texas State Guitar championship at age 15 and placed in the top five at the National Competition in Winfield Kansas at age 17. He toured the country playing music with a number of nationally recognized bands. Michael isn?t a regular band member, but plays extensively with The Coleman Brothers and The Lone Star Boys. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203027178 203027178 Paul & Tara Schlesinger Our September 16, 2016 Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame stage show will feature the Paul Schlesinger Band. Paul will not have his full "Knights of Texas Swing" band for this show. Paul will have his wife, Tara, on keyboard, his usual drummer, Jim Bowles, substitute bass player, Alvis Hill, and joining Paul on the fiddle for a few songs will be Logan Pausewang of the Southern Anthem family band. The entire "Southern Anthem" family band is scheduled for our November 18, 2016 stage show. Paul Schlesinger is a fiddle player/vocalist from Taylor, Texas who specializes in the traditional Texas swing music of the dance hall and honky-tonk era. Paul received his first fiddle lesson at age 23 from Perk Williams, the fiddler and vocalist on Jimmy Heap's 1954 hit recording of "Release Me". Paul's musical career began in earnest in 1997 when he began playing with Bill Dowdy, a professional rhythm guitarist from Lexington, Texas. In 2005, Paul and Bill released their first nationally distributed CD, "Our Way", which quickly sold out of its initial pressing. Paul plays with several musical groups around the Central Texas area, including his own "Knights of Texas Swing" whose highlights include performing for Subaru of America's national convention and frequently serving as Texas music representatives through Austin Community College's Danish cultural exchange program. In 2010, Paul began performing with "Glen Collins and the Alibis", a classic country show and dance hall band who have been featured on the syndicated television program "Songwriters Across Texas". Paul also works regularly with the "Lee and Milam County Cowboy Church Bands" and the monthly "Comal County and Thorndale country music shows". Paul's dedication to classic Texas, country music earned his 2012 induction into the "Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame". Tara, Paul's wife, is a keyboardist/vocalist from Taylor, TX. She began playing at age 8 and took lessons for a few years. She was the pianist for churches in Rosanky, TX and the Smithville First Baptist Church. As her high school "FFA Talent Team" pianist all four years, she advanced twice to the state competition. She played in country gospel bands, such as, "Gettin on Track" and "Hwy 304 Band". They played tunes from the Eagles, George Strait and Jones, Patsy Cline, Floyd Cramer, Fats Domino, and Jerry Lee Lewis! And now, she plays/sings with the Cowboy Church of Lee County's "Second Chance Band", the "Milam County Cowboy Church Band", and the "Stardusters" dance band of Austin. She often performs with the "Knights of Texas Swing". Recently, Tara joined the house band of the "Comal Country Music Show" in New Braunfels. Jim Bowles plays drums regularly in the "Knights of Texas Swing", "Glen Collins' The Alibis" band, and other country bands after moving to Austin in 2000. He is an Honorary Member of the GCM Hall of Fame. Logan Pausewang, the youngest musician in the "Southern Anthem" family band will appear with Paul playing his fiddle. Logan is full of energy and loves playing the fiddle and mandolin. He's excited about life, and you can see it all over his face. Logan?s dynamic personality is innocent and refreshing! https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202570114 202570114 Buddy Ferguson's Kountry Kombo August 19, 2016, Buddy Ferguson, a talented lead guitarist, moved to Mahomet, TX in 1982. His professional career began in Houston with the "Texas Stars" band. He played "Rock-A-Billy" in the early 1960s, and later, returned to country and western swing music. A highlight of his early career was playing behind such stars as Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride, the Wilburn Brothers, and Carl and Pearl Butler. Next, was a fun 3 years playing with Cajun music great, Frenchie Burke. After this, Buddy played a few months with good friends, Jackie Ward and soon to be recording star Gene Watson. Other bands he played with are: 1. In 1982 for 3 years with the "Express Band" out of Marble Falls, 2. In 1986 he joined the late Leon Pappy Selph's "Blue Ridge Playboys" in Houston for over 8 years. The band traveled to Mobile, Alabama, Washington D.C. and Kuwait in the Middle East. Some of Buddy's awards are: 1. August 2004, he was inducted into "The Western Swing Music Society of Seattle Hall of Fame". 2. October 2007, he was inducted into "The Sacramento, California Western Swing Society Hall of Fame". 3. January 2008, he was inducted into "The Gatesville, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame". 4. May 2008, he was inducted into The "Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame" in San Marcos, TX. 5. July 2008, he was inducted into the "Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest Hall of Fame" in Yukon, Oklahoma. 6. May 2012, he was inducted into the "Cowtown Society of Western Music: as a "Hero of Western Swing" in Mineral Wells, TX 7. May 2016, he received the "Living Legend Award" from the Cowtown Society of Western Music in Mineral Wells, TX. Buddy currently performs at concerts, festivals. Opry's, reunions, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and with a number of groups in Austin and surrounding areas. Buddy's band includes Roy Gollahon and Lionel Menchaca. Roy Gollahon - In his early years, supporting a family came first and playing in a band, second. In later years after moving to Georgetown, TX, Roy met Buddy. Through this friendship they have played together for a several years. Lionel Menchaca Currently lives in Georgetown, TX. Learning to play the guitar at age 11, and later, the four string electric bass guitar, he played professionally, in numerous bands over the years. He began playing music with Buddy for several years. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202355555 202355555 George Allison, July 15, 2016 Appearing on July 15, 2016 Singer songwriter, George Allison, has written well over 150 songs, starting in the late 1960's. His songs are about the blues, drinking, dancing, partying to much, and songs about love lost, as well as, many beautiful love songs and ballads. He has written humorous songs and songs just about life. As with many song writers, his songs reflect his own experiences. George has been performing since 1977 as a single act, duo and a four piece band. George has released several albums over the years including Barmaids And Bar Stools, Blind Crippled And Crazy, It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, A Long Time Comin', My Heart Is In The Shape Of Texas, Some Old Some New, Mine And Others, and several live recorded CD's of dances he for which he played. George is an artist in the respect that he likes to sing the songs with his own inflection, but at the same time, keeping true with the artist that made them popular. George has the unique ability to provide his audiences with a multitude of stars, and he sings like all of them. From yodeling songs like Jimmy Rogers to moaning the blues like Hank Williams, melodic tones of Merle Haggard and ballads like the great George Jones. George Allison posses a vocal range of almost three octaves which allows him to sing a variety of songs such as Cattle Call, and his comic rendition of Kenny Rogers song Lucille, by substituting Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Tiny Tim voices instead of Kenny Rogers. Throughout his career, George has played almost every type of venue, from street corner to shows with Freddy Fender in Morcambe, England. George has appeared on programs with Ricky Skaggs, Steve Warner, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Mark Collie, Del Reeves, and Carl Perkins. George has made numerous trips to Scotland and Northern Ireland to entertain audiences. Lately, George has been venturing into the genre of bluegrass, by appearing in shows at the always fun, Pearl Bluegrass Jam held at Pearl, Texas on the first Saturday of each month. George says: Singing and playing country music and bluegrass; I'm in it for the fun of it not the money or the fame. As one of my songs I recorded say's, "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, but it sure is fun. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202062954 202062954 Allen Hurt & The Mountain Showmen June 17, 2016 Appearing on June 17, 2016 Allen Hurt, a country music artist, entertainer, and song writer returns to our stage next month. Allen has been entertaining music fans since an early age and has written over 1500 original country and bluegrass songs, and some never recorded. He is known for wearing the traditional rhinestone suits and singing with his unique, high lonesome, tenor voice that would become his trademark sound. Over the years, Allen's music has gained airplay on radio stations throughout the US and Europe. His career crossed paths with music legends such as Ray Price, with whom Allen toured and shared the stage for many years along with other greats like Don Williams, Bobby Bare, Del McCoury and his long time mentor Porter Wagoner. His musical talents earned him 14 Gold and 2 Platinum Texas Music Legends (TML) music awards in 2005. He received Gatesville Texas Country Music Hall of Fame?s Entertainer of The Year award for 2013, and Male Vocalist of The Year award for 2014. Continuing to write songs and play the country music he loves, Allen proudly performs today with his band "The Mountain Showmen". He is an Inductee into the Gatesville Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame, a Member of the Country Music Association (CMA), and is also, an honorary member of the Fort Worth Songwriters Association. Other members of Allen's, "The Mountain Showmen", band: Steve Honeysuckle is from Ft. Worth Texas and one of Fort Worth's "North Side" favorite musicians performing for many years in his own family band. He played at many well, known Country Music venues honing his skills as a vocalist and keyboardist. He recently joined Allen and his organization as the tour bus driver and proud member of The Mountain Showmen. Steve, part of Allen's opening act, performs a couple of Traditional Country songs backed by the other Showmen. Larry Light, Allen's new drummer and proud permanent member of The Mountain Showmen, will sing a couple of songs as part of the opening act before bringing Allen on stage. Larry provides that smooth touch which makes the "showmen sound" truly come alive. His music industry background spans a lifetime of professional experience performing with many bands that have graced the stage. His unique style of playing country music has earned him a reputation of being one of the best and most sought after in the business. B.K. Cummings, performs as our lead guitar player for the group's unique style of new traditional Country music. His talents as a top musician in the industry earned him a strong and lengthy reputation as one of country music's leading musicians. Recently joining Allen and his organization of Showmen, B.K. proudly performs on stage as a member of The Mountain Showmen. Randy Hunsuckle started playing bass at age 15 and has performed all over the US for 25 years. He traveled and entertained with many top name acts, such as, Gary Stewart, David Alan Coe, Chris LeDoux, and many others. His musical influences cover a range of artist from Hank Williams to Little Feet. Performing with deep traditional country music roots, Randy is a proud member of The Mountain Showmen. Joan Cox, steel guitarist and long-time friend of Allen, joins this evening's concert as his proud guest of The Mountain Showmen. Joan is from Troy, MO. Living in Nashville, TN, she played behind Grand Old Opry stars Jeannie Seeley, Jack Greene, Del Reeves, Johnny Russell, and Connie Smith. After moving to Texas in 2004, Joan continued playing for various Texas acts like Johnny Bush, Allen Hurt, Bobby Flores, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Justin Trevino, Amber Digby and many others. She was the steel player for the house band at the Silver Saloon in Terrell, TX from 2004-2012. Joan was a featured player at the Texas Steel Guitar Association's Steel Guitar Jamboree for the past 26 years, and the International Steel Guitar Convention in St Louis for the last 29 years. In 2012, Joan was given the Texas Steel Guitar Player of the Year Award (Honorable Mention). https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201861761 201861761 Amazed Appearing on May 20, 2016 Russell Thompson Russell began singing and playing music at a very early age. He has many talents; he can play several instruments, but has a deep love for the guitar. He has traveled and ministered with many groups such as Sovereign Grace Singers, Master's Harvest, Eastern Sky and "Amazed". Russell and his wife Elisabeth also are a part of the Praise and Worship team in their church. He is a vital part of "Amazed" and Russell desires to use his God given talents to share Jesus with a lost and dying world. Elisabeth Thompson was reared in a Christian home that was musically inclined and has sung most of her life. For several years, Russell and Elisabeth have been part of the Praise and Worship team in their church. She has a passion for sharing the love, grace, and mercy of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Being a part of the ministry of "Amazed" is a blessing, and a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus. It is her desire to share Jesus so that souls are saved and delivered from the hand of the enemy. Milissa Beechem's mother, father, and other family members inspired her love of music. Singing at the age of 3 in church where her father was a minister, she amazed others by her big voice from her little body. The family traveled all over the U.S. singing and spreading God's love. The family singing group, known as the "Sovereign Grace Singers", recorded an album when Milissa was nine. Milissa's father passed away when she was 14 so they stopped traveling. When she was 16, Milissa, her mother, brother and his wife, Elisabeth, began singing with a group called "Master's Harvest" and they recorded an album called "Master's Harvest". She graduated from Troy High School, and later graduated from Baylor University with a degree in education. In 1990, Milissa married Michael Beechem, and was blessed with her daughter, Cortney in 1995. Milissa, sister, Kim Watson, brother, Russell Thompson, and sister-in-law Elisabeth Thompson, are now singing together in the group called "Amazed". Kim Waston always felt a calling to sing for Jesus, but didn't answer that call until about six years ago. When God calls you, He will provide what you need. When she sings, you can see that it is straight from her heart, and she really believes every word. It is truly the desire of her heart to sing for Jesus and lift up His name. John and Kim consider it an honor and a privilege to be called to spread the gospel of Christ, anywhere they are led. To our Great GOD be all the glory John Waston wears many hats in the "Amazed" ministry. He is the sound engineer, bus driver, photographer, and manages the group. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201635528 201635528 Jay & Tammy Roy plus Clyde Smith 04/15/2016, Jay & Tammy Roy plus Clyde Smith Jay & Tammy Roy are highly talented professional musicians. They select styles of music that appeals to various generations. Their vocal and instrumental music selections span almost a century of American music. Their repertoire includes music from the Swing era, The Big Band Era, Classic Country, Western, Gospel, 50?s and 60?s Rock and Roll, Bluegrass and old favorites from the pop charts and artists. Jay has played music with Merle Travis, Freddie Fender and Chubby Wise. His first recording was a 45 record in 1968 in New Orleans on Bourbon St. Together, they have recorded 11 CD?s. They?ve entertained from Alaska to Maine, Canada to South Texas, Canada in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, The Iles De La Madeleine (Que.) and across Newfoundland, Canada. In 1989, they were on the ?CBS This Morning Show? with Harry Smith and Paula Zahn in a segment about RV?ing in the U.S. They?ve appeared in Branson Missouri at the Branson Star Theater and are seen regularly on the nationally televised RFD-TV show, Midwest Country Show. Their next scheduled appearance will be on September 24, 2016. They won the 2010 Directors Choice Award at The Wahoo Country Music Show, in Wahoo, Nebraska, were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame (GCM Hall of Fame) in 2013, and received the (GCM Hall of Fame) Golden Infinity Award for Master Musicians on April 17, 2015. They received many more awards, too numerous to mention. ________________________________________ Raised in a family of music, Clyde Smith sang and played music his entire life. Family gatherings always involved music, guitars and singing. When he started singing duets in church with his brother, they had to stand on an apple box to see over the pulpit. He was often involved in local church and school activities where his music talent was needed. While in the Navy, he played with bands on the West Coast, Hawaii, and in the Philippines. Since then, his music has taken him from San Diego to Prince Edward Island and from Seattle to Pensacola. Clyde?s lyrical style is both funny and intensely deep, written from a lifetime of experiences, humor, family triumphs and losses. He is well loved by many, both far and near. His song, ?Have you ever been to Pearl, Texas? was used as the theme song for Nystic Films documentary ?Unbroken ? The Pearl Blue Grass Circle? which has garnered several film festival awards including Best Documentary at Texan Dance International Film Festival and Alaska International Film Festival. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201474218 201474218 Pearl and the Polka Dots 03/18/2016, Anji (Pearl) Her talents include bass and vocals. Anji is the comic relief of Pearl and the Polka Dots. Learning the bass only a few short years ago, she only began developing her own personal style once this girl trio came into her life. She is currently learning the guitar and fiddle, but Pearl will always consider her Kay bass to be her one true love. Rarely wearing shoes, she smiles constantly while playing and singing, and shares her love of music with anyone she sees. Having graduated with a degree in Math, she chose instead to be a service coordinator and work with individuals with intellectual disabilities. She stays packed and ready to go in her polka dotted trailer called "Dolly", wherever the music takes her. Stacy Jackson Her talents include banjo, guitar, and vocals. Stacy grew up in Lamesa, Texas in a large musical family. As early as age two, her daddy held her up to the microphone in church to sing. At her grandparents farm, she sang while family members took turns playing out of the Baptist hymnal. Stacy always wanted to play the banjo, but was encouraged to play guitar instead. The rebellious teen took up drums in a rock band, but the banjo was always on her mind. Her ability to hear all the parts keep the trio in perfect harmony. While raising a brood of kiddos, she finally bought that banjo, joined a bluegrass band, and never looked back. Rachel Bates, Her talents include fiddle, guitar, and vocals. Rachel started violin in the sixth grade and five years ago turned her violin into a fiddle. Guitar and voice came a little later when she began performing with Pearl and the Polka Dots. Playing first chair, second violin through High School, harmonies seem to come easier to her ear. She loves a good waltz, sings the sweet songs, and is now beginning to write a few of her own songs. This Weatherford resident is a Studio Artist during the week, and a Musician most weekends. Her life is filled with creative pursuits, the greatest of which is being part of a high energy trio of women making a mark in the Texas music scene. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200950481 200950481 Bridgett Huffhines & Joyce Marek 02/19/2016, Bridgett Huffhines, a Texas based singer and songwriter began singing at age six. Her parents were musicians and her father, was also a writer. In her early 20?s, she sang in area churches with her mother. Her roots go deep in gospel music because of her mother?s passion for it. In 1989, Bridgett and brother James Grisham started a country band called ?Southbound? and traveled three states singing and writing country music. The band fronted for Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jerry Reed, and Mark Chesnutt, to name a few. The band split in 1993 and she moved to Nashville. After returning to Texas four years later, and working six years in the cellular business, she turned her life and abilities over to the Lord. She?s been singing and writing gospel and country music for the last 14 years. She sang with a women?s trio called ?Surrendered? for 3 years. The trio released two CD?s with six songs penned by Bridgett. The Music Association of Central Texas (M.A.C.T.) nominated the trio for ?Christian Group of the Year? three years in a row. Bridgett was also nominated M.A.C.T. top female vocalist 4 years running and songwriter of the year for three. In 2004, the trio was blessed to receive the award for ?Christian Group of the Year?. They traveled around Central Texas and shared the stage with Greater Vision, Mark Bishop, The Messenger Quartet, New Ground, Al Brumley Jr., The Dixie Echoes, Haskell Cooley and others. Bridgett taught voice and writing until 2006 and co-wrote many songs with some of her students. She is writing and serving the Lord with hopes to write, sing, and spread the gospel through her songs on a much larger scale. For the last 9 years, Bridgett has been a Pain and Stress Management Specialist with Bodylign, a business owned by her and her husband, Mark. Bridgett completed her 6th CD of original and collaborated Christian and Country songs at DRS studio in Waco, TX and her newest album was released in February 2014. In 2013, she was nominated as ?Top Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year? by her peers at the M.A.C.T. and was honored to take home the ?Songwriter of the Year? award. She travels the United States impersonating Patsy Cline for various corporations and many functions locally. She has done this for the last 17 years. If you?d like to contact her please call or email: Bridgett Huffhines (254) 498-2282 / bhuffhines62@aol.com Bridgett?s good friend, Joyce Marek, is a Texas singer/songwriter, who loves good old country music. She?s recorded in Nashville and was a regular on Lee Rascone?s singer/songwriter showcase in downtown Nashville. Whether Joyce is playing bass with a 5 piece band, taking the stage with only her vocals and guitar, or tickling your funny bone with her impersonation of country?s all-time favorite funny lady, ?Cousin Minnie Pearl,? she gives her all and the crowds love her! Joyce?s love for the Nashville comedienne led to her Minnie Pearl tribute in 2011. Since then, she captures the hearts of many in the Central Texas area with her act. Joyce currently performs for many Oprys, jamborees, and private engagements in Central Texas with rave revues. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200813822 200813822 Brooks Crossing January 15 2016 - Brooks Crossing is a family music ministry. After hearing the message of the Gospel in 2001, each gave their lives to Jesus Christ as their personal savior. The tight-knit family has always been surrounded by music It wasn't long after giving their lives to Christ, they decided to start a gospel group. It wasn't much at first, mostly singing to family but recently Brooks Crossing has been singing at churches and events around Central Texas. Brooks Crossing delivers a Country-Bluegrass flavor music with a powerful message. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200576821 200576821 Southern Anthem Dec. 18, 2015, The GCM Hall of Fame featured band for December 18, 2015 is the Southern Anthem family band. They made an appearance on our stage in Oct. 2015 and some pictures of them are still posted. Wendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan Pausewang, collectively known as Southern Anthem, are a fresh and uprising family band. From church auditoriums, fairs and festivals, to Branson, national television appearances, and requests from Nashville and beyond, the demand for their unique family harmony, now, has them traveling full time across the US. What started as a need to have interim talent at a local theater production has grown into a full time ministry for Southern Anthem. Although, the group began singing in church years ago, they never dreamed it would lead to the calling that God placed in their hearts. The band has a growing audience spanning from the youngest to oldest of fans enthralled by the talent of the Pausewang family. Now, with the debut of their 2nd country album, followed by a gospel album with the original title track, "Savior Save Me", they have even more to offer their fans. These heart-warming performers sing to standing room only audiences. The band of four has a tight and beautiful harmony that only can be achieved when you combine vocals within a family. All play various instruments which adds to the quality and interest of their music. Southern Anthem creates a crowd pleasing experience that people can relate to and remember. Their love of "good, clean" music, along with the wonderful response they receive from their fans, are and always will be the fire that drives them. A note from Southern Anthem: "Thank you for your support and encouragement for what we do... we truly appreciate you and hope that you are blessed by our music." https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200185854 200185854 Bobby Giles and Music Mountain Nov. 20, 2015, Bobby Giles is a passionate song writer who sings lead vocals and plays the flat-pick guitar. His appreciation for the pure harmonies, faith centered foundations and family friendly venues, inherent in the bluegrass music community, are the inspirations for Music Mountain's personality and presentation. Tux, the shaggy one in the band?s picture, is a band member, and always, shares the stage with the band. Steve Loggie is the purveyor extraordinaire of the 5-string banjo. He began his banjo journey in the early ?70s, and brings years of experience and impassioned, intricate musical detail to the band. Steve continues utilizing his skills in pharmaceutical sales, but has also been a sound engineer for literally hundreds of performances in his home town of Wichita Falls, TX. Dave Kuncicky loves playing the fiddle. A retired computer scientist, he delivers precise, pure and intentional musical elements to Music Mountain's songs. Dave lives in Santa Fe New Mexico and has recorded several collections of fiddle tunes available now on CD Baby and iTunes. Becky McGaughy plays the upright acoustic bass and sings high harmony. The proverbial ?bluegrass widow? who decided to pick up the bass to spend time with her husband now keeps a rock solid beat and has a fantastic ear. A multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, fiddle and the hammered dulcimer, she works in risk management for the medical profession. Tim McGaughy plays mandolin, sings middle harmony and brings a selfless humor and a unique interpretation of ascending fifths to the band. Semi-retired from computer networking, he owns AmarilloGuitarLessons.com where he teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass, and music theory. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202570573 202570573 GCM Hall of Fame Variety Show Sep. 18, 2015 - This month we feature a "Variety" of singers and musicians. Our Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame house band, "The Country Sounds Band", will perform and accompany our guest performers. Traveling minstrels, Mike and Dixie Dunton live in Hico, TX. They have performed country, gospel, and old-time-rock and roll music from Florida to California. Mike began his music life in St. Augustine, FL. When growing up, many evenings were devoted to playing music with friends and family on the front porch. Seeing his talent for the piano, his parents obtained classical training for him, but then, he discovered rock and roll. Goodbye Beethoven, rock-a-billy was for him! Dixie started singing at the age of two for anyone who would listen. Later she performed with the USO in Europe and many other venues in Texas and California. Falling in love with a piano player, the rest is history. Rick Titus, raised in Houston, TX, was strongly influenced by his Dad at the young age of four. In the late 1950's, his Dad took him anywhere there was a band playing country music. Rick settled down in Central Texas for a second time in 1994 and says he isn't leaving again. Rick has been singing at Country Opry's all over Texas, and to name a few, Seguin, Salado, Cameron, Temple, and Copperas Cove. Rick believes there is nothing like an old Hank Williams or Johnny Horton song to remind him of when life was a bit slower paced and Country was Country! J. J. Nunes says, music by choice and firefighting by occupation have been my passions ever since I can remember. They rank 3rd & 4th behind God and Family. My songs should speak for themselves if I composed them correctly. I live in Georgetown, TX and work in Waco. I play music wherever I go and whenever I can. I hope you enjoy. D.C. Cloninger played fiddle and sang with the Gene Snow band last month at our Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame show. We are happy to have him return this month and play with the house band. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199677930 199677930 George Allison Oct. 16, 2015 - Singer songwriter, George Allison, has written well over 150 songs, starting in the late 1960?s. His songs are about the blues, drinking, dancing, partying to much, and songs about love lost, as well as, many beautiful love songs and ballads. He has written humorous songs and songs just about life. As with many song writers, his songs reflect his own experiences. George has been performing since 1977 as a single act, duo and a four piece band. George has released several albums over the years including Barmaids And Barstools, Blind Crippled And Crazy, It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, A Long Time Comin', My Heart Is In The Shape Of Texas, Some Old Some New, Mine And Others, and several live recorded cd's of dances he played for. George is an artist in the respect that he likes to sing the songs with his own inflection but at the same time keeping true with the artist that made them popular. George has the unique ability to provide his audiences with a multitude of stars and he sings like all of them. From yodeling songs like Jimmy Rogers to moaning the blues like Hank Williams, melodic tones of Merle Haggard and ballads like the great George Jones. George posses a vocal range of almost three octaves which allows him to sing a variety of songs such as Cattle Call, and his comic rendition of Kenny Rogers song Lucille, by substituting Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Tiny Tim voices instead of Kenny Rogers. Throughout his career George has played almost every type of venue, from street corner to shows with Freddy Fender in Morcambe, England. George has appeared on programs with Ricky Skaggs, Steve Warner, Pirates of The Mississippi, Mark Collie, Del Reeves, and Carl Perkins. George has made numerous trips to Scotland and Northern Ireland to entertain audiences. Lately, George has been venturing into the genre of bluegrass, by appearing in shows at the always fun, Pearl Bluegrass Jam held at Pearl, Texas on the first Saturday of each month. George says: Singing and playing country music and bluegrass; I'm in it for the fun of it not the money or the fame. As one of my songs I recorded say's, "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, but it sure is fun. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199803768 199803768 Texas Eagle Dirt Band (Gene Snow & Paula Reid) Aug. 21, 2015 The eagle is a symbol of freedom and liberty with a heritage of courage and independence. The roots of the Texas Eagle Dirt Band are planted deep in the heart of Texas. Gene Snow and Paula Reid, founding members of the band were born in Wichita Falls, Texas and proudly claim the heritage of the great state of Texas. This brother/sister duo have plowed their way through life, sowing and reaping humble rewards from the country music fields of Texas. Snowcap Publishing has released several songs that were written and performed by Gene Snow and Paula Reid that have charted on both Bluegrass and Christian Country radio. About midway through their career, Gene moved to Nashville, TN for about two years and developed music relationships that continue to be a part of their music. Gene opened the show for two seasons for the Jim Ed Brown Theater. He hosted a Writer's Nite at the historic Printer's Alley, recorded several albums while in Nashville, and sang on the Grand Ole Opry. Members of the band include Gene and Paula along with D.C. Cloninger (fiddle & vocals), Kurt Henry drums & vocals). The Texas Eagle Dirt Band has a special passion for raising the spirits of people. Their music style is rich in country music, flavored with God and Country. Classic Country music is blended into much of their original songs that have been released to radio and album projects. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199385200 199385200 Southern Anthem July 17, 2015 Wendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan Pausewang, collectively known as Southern Anthem, are a fresh and uprising family band. From church auditoriums, fairs and festivals, to Branson, national television appearances, and requests from Nashville and beyond, the demand for their unique family harmony, now, has them traveling full time across the US. What started as a need to have interim talent at a local theater production has grown into a full time ministry for Southern Anthem. Although, the group began singing in church years ago, they never dreamed it would lead to the calling that God placed in their hearts. The band has a growing audience spanning from the youngest to oldest of fans enthralled by the talent of the Pausewang family. Now, with the debut of their 2nd country album, followed by a gospel album with the original title track, "Savior Save Me", they have even more to offer their fans. These heart-warming performers sing to standing room only audiences. The band of four has a tight and beautiful harmony that only can be achieved when you combine vocals within a family. All play various instruments which adds to the quality and interest of their music. Southern Anthem creates a crowd pleasing experience that people can relate to and remember. Their love of "good, clean" music, along with the wonderful response they receive from their fans, are and always will be the fire that drives them. A note from Southern Anthem: "Thank you for your support and encouragement for what we do... we truly appreciate you and hope that you are blessed by our music." https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198969770 198969770 Allen Hurt June 19, 2015 Allen Hurt has written more than 1500 country songs. His music was played on radio stations throughout the US and Europe. His career crossed paths with music legends such as Ray Price, Don Williams, Bobby Bare and Del McCoury, along with his mentor Porter Wagoner. His musical talents earned him 14 Gold and 2 Double Platinum music sales awards. His awards are: ?The Texas Music Legends Award? in 2005, ?Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame inductee?, and the ?2013 Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame Entertainer of The Year.? member of the Country Music Association (CMA), and an honorary member of the Fort Worth Songwriters Association. Allen?s band, ?The Mountain Showmen? is composed of Fred Speers and Kurt Henry. Fred Speers performs on lead guitar and mandolin as part of the group?s unique ability to perform either country or bluegrass music during shows. He is a top musician in the industry with a background as long time a guitarist for country star, David Alan Coe. Today Fred proudly performs as a member of ?The Mountain Showmen?. Kurt Henry performs on drums providing that smooth touch that makes the ?showmen sound? truly come alive during shows. His background in the music industry spans a lifetime of professional experience performing with many greats that have graced the stage. Today, Kurt is proud to be a member of ?The Mountain Showmen?. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200363249 200363249 The Sowell Family Pickers May 15, 2015 The Sowell Family Pickers are from Hempstead, Texas! The family is a bluegrass band serving their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with the mission of sharing the Gospel through music and ministry. They have been abundantly blessed by the Lord with the gifts and talents of music and a genuine love for people of all ages, young and old. Invite them over for fun, family-oriented music and entertainment! Their hope is to bless your heart and feed your soul! The family is safely, back home in Hempstead after five weeks in Branson, MO! They weathered the snow and ice, overcame sickness, and endured the magnifying glass of the recording studio. They've had a whirlwind of activities and travels since arriving home from their time in the studio! With home schooling, performances, and ministry opportunities, their newest CD is now finished. ?Jacob is eighteen and plays the 5-string banjo for our family band. Along with the tenor banjo, he plays the guitar, mandolin, bass, ukulele and piano. When we need that deep bass harmony, we rely on him to bring it! We are also proud to announce that Jacob WON the 2014 Texas State Banjo Championship!? ?Joshua is seventeen and is our flat picker on the guitar, but also loves to play the bass, mandolin, tenor banjo, ukulele and piano. He sings lead and tenor harmony.? Naomi is fourteen and mainly plays the upright bass and joins in with the guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin ukulele and piano. She adds her beautiful upper harmony to the family mix. ?Abigail is also fourteen and adds her sweet mandolin or her fiery fiddle to our family band. She also plays guitar, bass, tenor banjo, ukulele and piano. She sings a sweet lead and will add upper harmony as well.? ?John-Mark is ten years old and brings an "old soul" touch with his fiddle playing. If we need a mandolin, he gives us his awesome touch. He plays guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele and piano. He also loves to write songs! We're excited to tell you that he will be singing on our newest CD too!? ?The parents of these AWESOME talents are Guynn (pronounced "GWEN") and Cindy Sowell. Mom (Cindy) is... well, it's really not polite to tell a lady's age... She brings her rich tone and sings lead on many of our songs. When not doing that, she adds the lower harmony to support the family blend. And last, but certainly not least, is our wonderful leader, Dad (Guynn)! He is our manager & guide. We are so thankful for his willingness to step out on faith and listen to the LORD! We couldn't do it without his love & support!? Go to their website or FaceBook page: http://www.thesowellfamilypickers.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sowell-Family-Pickers/186011544771974 https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198347027 198347027 Jay & Tammy Variety Music Show April 17, 2015 Talented Professional Musicians on Guitar, Bass, & Vocals Their repertoire includes from Swing, The Big Band Era, Classic Country & Western, Gospel, 50s & 60s Rock N Roll, Comedy Songs, & Perennial Favorites of the Pop Charts. They have a reputation of reading the audience and quickly establishing rapport. They have appeared on RFDTV "Midwest Country Music Show" for the last 4 years. April 2013, they were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame. They've played rallies for Good Sam, FMCA, Foretravel, Safari, LOW's, Churches, etc. CD and Songs: Tammy Gospel Album featuring: "On My Father's Side" Steppin With The Master featuring: "In Step With The Master" Lay-Back Gospel CD featuring: "The Lord's Prayer" Tunes For Traveling featuring: "Deed I Do" Tuning Your Travels featuring: "Secret Love" and "Harvest Moon" Fun Songs, Instrumentals, & Parody featuring: "I Just Don't Look Good Naked Anymore" They will air on RFDTV, April 4 & 25, 2015 on the "Midwest Country Music Show". RFD TV: Direct TV 345, Dish 231, Saturday 7:30 pm after the Marty Stuart Show. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202570602 202570602 Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads March 20, 2015 Colt Buckelew, the lead vocalist, backup vocalist, lead/rhythm guitarist, and songwriter, has been in the music business for many years. Colt was born and raised in Burnet, Texas. He started playing guitar and writing songs when he was 14 years old. Like many other musicians, he went to Nashville for a while and returned to Texas where he prefers to stay. Tiffany Valentine, the lead vocalist, backup vocalist, and rhythm guitarist didn't start playing the guitar until May of 2011, but she took to it like a duck to water. As she continued her education in Psychology, she advanced in the music world as well. She is now an accomplished musician showing her vocal skills and blowing folks minds away each time she sings. She is driven by her passion for music, and blessed with a deep, bluesy, and soulful sound. Billy "Wild Child" Highsmith has been with Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads (CBC) since its beginning in 1992. He is a valued member of the team, playing lead guitar and writing songs with Colt or by himself. At age 11, Billy began playing on an acoustic guitar, bought at a yard sale for $25. He grew up musically to the likes of Randy Rhoads and Van Halen, but was always a fan of classic country music. He played for bands such as, Mirror Image, Blackfoot Rising, Highdro Flash, The Texas Train Wreck, Trial by Fire, and Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads. In 2002, Mirror Image closed the night out for Doug Supernaw. His band won the Battle of the Bands in San Marcos and Austin in 2003. He was the guitar player for KXAN News story on "Put your Guitar where your Mouth is Tour". Being a prodigy of Randy Rhoades, we sometimes have to bring him back to the country side of things, but he never gets further out of hand than allowed! Gene Howison is our drummer. He played drums in high school, and actually played at Carnegie Hall. A drummer since high school, he now, plays with Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads. Driven by a passion for music, he strives to make a career in music. Tim Priester is our bass player, and only recently joined us in January 2015. Tim started playing drums in 1977 with his first band in 1979 called Thin Ice. He then took some time off to join the Army from 1982 until 1988. He worked as a drummer for hire playing with multiple bands, and doing studio work as well. While living in Ada, Oklahoma he worked with bands like Ratin Bridge, Red River Shine, and Love Lady Road. After moving back to Texas, he played with Thin Ice for a little while before moving to Liberty Hill, TX and joining the Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads (CBC) family. Tim is trying his hand at something new, playing bass. He is a talented addition to our family. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197707813 197707813 Bridgett Huffhines as Patsy Cline Feb. 20, 2015 Bridgett is a Texas based singer/songwriter who?s moving lyrics and variety of musical tastes reflects in each of her songs. Her mother and father were musicians and her father was also a writer. Her first appearance on stage was at the age of 6, singing; ?I?ve got a brand new pair of roller skates?. She started singing in area churches with her mother when she was in her early 20?s. Her roots go deep in gospel music because of the passion her mother had for it. Bridgett says, ?For over 20 years, Mom sang to all the ladies that came into her beauty shop, sometimes I sang with her. I really think that was her ministry. I remember after mom had her stroke, the doctors told her she would never sing again. Well, needless to say, she was singing by the end of that year. She was my greatest roll model and my biggest fan.? In 1989 Bridgett started a country band called Southbound with her brother James Grisham (who played drums). They traveled 3 states singing and writing country music. The band fronted for, Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jerry Reed, and Mark Chesnut just to name a few. The band split in 1993 and she moved to Nashville only to return home to Texas after 4 years with only a single song contract to show for it. She worked as a manager of a cellular business for 6 years, then turned her life and abilities over to the Lord and she has been singing and writing gospel and country music for the last 13 years. Until May 2004, Bridgett had been singing with a Women?s trio called Surrendered, whom she was with for almost 3 years. The trio released 2 CD?s with 6 of the songs released penned by Bridgett. The Music Association of Central Texas nominated the trio for Christian Group of the year 3 years in a row. Bridgett was also nominated M.A.C.T. top female vocalist 4 years running and songwriter of the year for 3. In 2004 the trio was blessed to receive the award for Christian Group of the year. They traveled around the Central Texas area and have shared the stage with Greater Vision, Mark Bishop, The Messenger Quartet, New Ground, Al Brumley Jr., The Dixie Echos, Haskel Cooley and others. Bridgett was a voice and writing teacher until 2006 and has CO-written many songs with some of her students. She is writing and serving the Lord with hopes to write, sing and spread the gospel through her songs on a much larger scale. Bridgett has been for the last 9 years a Pain and Stress Management Specialist with Bodylign which is owned by her and her husband Mark. Bridgett completed her 6th CD of original and collaborated Christian and Country songs at DRS studio in Waco, Texas and her newest album was released in February 2014. In 2013 she was nominated Top Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year by her peers at the Music Association of Central Texas and was honored to take home the Songwriter of the Year award. She also travels the United States impersonating Patsy Cline for various corporations and many functions locally. She has been doing this for the last 16 years. If you?d like to contact her please call or email: Bridgett Huffhines 254-498-2282 / bhuffhines62@aol.com Quote from Bridgett: My greatest achievements will never be in myself, but in passing on the knowledge and gifts that Jesus so freely gives me. Learning wisdom in the Lord is the most important lesson I have been taught. Singing, writing and music are the fruit of what I?ve learned. If I am fruitful, I am learning. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197350781 197350781 George Allison Jan. 16, 2015 Singer songwriter, George Allison, has written well over 150 songs, starting in the late 1960?s. His songs are about the blues, drinking, dancing, partying to much, and songs about love lost, as well as, many beautiful love songs and ballads. He has written humorous songs and songs just about life. As with many song writers, his songs reflect his own experiences. George has been performing since 1977 as a single act, duo and a four piece band. George has released several albums over the years including Barmaids And Barstools, Blind Crippled And Crazy, It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, A Long Time Comin', My Heart Is In The Shape Of Texas, Some Old Some New, Mine And Others, and several live recorded cd's of dances he played for. George is an artist in the respect that he likes to sing the songs with his own inflection but at the same time keeping true with the artist that made them popular. George has the unique ability to provide his audiences with a multitude of stars and he sings like all of them. From yodeling songs like Jimmy Rogers to moaning the blues like Hank Williams, melodic tones of Merle Haggard and ballads like the great George Jones. George posses a vocal range of almost three octaves which allows him to sing a variety of songs such as Cattle Call, and his comic rendition of Kenny Rogers song Lucille, by substituting Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Tiny Tim voices instead of Kenny Rogers. Throughout his career George has played almost every type of venue, from street corner to shows with Freddy Fender in Morcambe, England. George has appeared on programs with Ricky Skaggs, Steve Warner, Pirates of The Mississippi, Mark Collie, Del Reeves, and Carl Perkins. George has made numerous trips to Scotland and Northern Ireland to entertain audiences. Lately, George has been venturing into the genre of bluegrass, by appearing in shows at the always fun, Pearl Bluegrass Jam held at Pearl, Texas on the first Saturday of each month. George says: Singing and playing country music and bluegrass; I'm in it for the fun of it not the money or the fame. As one of my songs I recorded say's, "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me, but it sure is fun. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196977796 196977796 Paul Schlesinger, Roy Carroll, and Glen Collins and the Alibis Dec. 19, 2014 Paul Schlesinger is a fiddle player and vocalist from Taylor, Texas who specializes in the traditional Texas swing music of the dance hall and honky-tonk era. Paul received his first fiddle lesson at age 23 from Perk Williams, the fiddler and vocalist on Jimmy Heap?s 1954 hit recording of Release Me. Paul?s musical career began in earnest in 1997 when he began playing with Bill Dowdy, a professional rhythm guitarist from Lexington, Texas. In 2005, Paul and Bill released their first nationally distributed CD, ?Our Way,? which quickly sold out of its initial pressing. Paul plays with several musical groups around the Central Texas area, including his own Knights of Texas Swing, whose highlights include performing for Subaru of America?s national convention, and frequently serving as Texas music representatives through Austin Community College?s Danish cultural exchange program. In 2010, Paul also began performing with Glen Collins and the Alibis, a classic-country show and dance hall band who have been featured on the syndicated television program ?Songwriters Across Texas.? Paul also works regularly with the Lee and Milam County Cowboy Church Bands and the monthly Comal County and Thorndale country music shows. Paul?s dedication to classic Texas country music earned his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Gatesville, Texas in 2012. Glen Collins will be inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame tonight. He began playing guitar and writing songs at age 34, and started playing open mics around Austin and made a demo that Sammy Allred of KVET radio heard and agreed to produce his first CD. Songs on the CD ?Old School? and ?Back to Austin? were put in regular rotation on Austin area country radio stations. Also, a country gospel song he wrote ?All the Same? was featured on the KVET Sunday morning gospel show. His original song ?Old School? was recorded by Johnny Lyon on his CD ?Winds of Change? and featured Willie Nelson on the track. Glen formed the Texas dance hall band ?Glen Collins & the Alibis? in 2011 and have been featured on the ?Songwriters Across Texas? television show and ?Texas Radio Live? on KDRP radio in Austin. He enjoys playing and writing traditional country songs and playing them for an appreciative audience all over central Texas. Glen lives in North Austin with wife, Leslie, daughter, Lindsey, who attends Texas Tech, and a son, Ben, who attends Blinn Junior College. Roy Carroll, steel guitar player: As an entertainer and front man Roy excels and is considered by many to be ?The Ultimate Opening Act?, Roy has performed with many popular Nashville acts that include: Fats Domino, Pearl and Carl Butler, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Luman, Wynn Stewart, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Gary Stewart, Eddy Raven, Johnny Rodriguez, Billy Walker, John Conley, Sylvia, Steve Wariner, Gene Watson, and Vern Gosdin. As a Nashville demo singer Roy was involved in over 750 recording projects to date and many, many more as a studio musician. His unique vocal quality is what sets him apart from the rest of the field. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196744217 196744217 Pearl and the Polka Dots Nov. 21, 2014 Anji Pearl, bass and vocals, is raising her eleven year old twins. She has 3 older children with her eldest daughter giving her a grand. She works at Betty Hardwick MHMR happily working with angels all day who have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Her love of bluegrass and of slapping the ol' Kay Bass is only surpassed by her love for God, her family, friends and new found "Dots," Stacy and Rachel. Stacy Jackson, banjo, guitar and vocals, is a "retro" housewife has six children and two grands with her husband Seth. Her youngest is five, and her oldest is 24. Four still live at home and get her undivided attention - that is when she's not on the road:) Her favorite place is Goodwill, and she loves collecting old pyrex dishes, and musical instruments. Rachel Bates, fiddle, guitar and vocals, is a studio artist with three grown stepchildren and five grands with husband Larry. Through the years she's had many interests, including pottery and painting, and currently makes handmade tiles. Music is center stage now, often traveling with P&PD and to various music festivals, this fantastic journey taking the focus of her passions. All three spread themselves in a sometimes fragile web between the work they are passionate about, their families, and the music which consumes a great deal of their time. Having known each other for years from Pearl Bluegrass and other bluegrass festivals and jams, it was one night at Pearl that they sang together a three part harmony and were asked the question that changed everything. "Can we put ya'll on stage tomorrow? Without hesitation, they all answered YES!!!! Simultaneously and burst out laughing! Working into the night and most of the next day, they put together a show and went on stage for the first time. The remarkable stories and miracles that have taken place since have told them without a doubt that they are on the road to something great. With three part stacked harmonies, a bass, a guitar, a banjo, and a fiddle, all three contribute to the whole that makes Pearl and the Polka Dots different and unique. There is no doubt they have fun performing, and the audience always feels the laughter, the spirit, and the passion of their music. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195994444 195994444 Open Mic Night At The GCM Hall of Fame Show Oct. 17, 2014 Open Mic Night at the GCM Hall of Fame Never before, and maybe, never again, at the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame Show. A few folks wanted a chance to perform on stage at the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame Show before a live audience with (or without) the house band backing them up. As announced at the last Pearl Jamboree, we will have an open mic night on October 17, 2014, at the Gatesville City Hall auditorium, 110 N. 8th St. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195932644 195932644 Garrett Ratliff Sep. 19, 2014 Garrett Ratliff is a bluegrass guitarist and singer from Cherokee, Texas. He first started out on guitar when he was 10 years old. His father, Joel Ratliff, sat down with him and taught him the basic chords. From there, he started learning about scales and playing by ear. By the time he was 13, he played regularly at his church with his father. He started developing his voice at 12, and now, has earned him a scholarship at Howard Payne University where he will be studying music at a higher level. He started competing in music in the Texas 4-H ?Share the Fun? music category and went on to state where he won 8th place. Last year, he placed among the top 5 flat-pickers in the Bay Area Bluegrass Association's state flat-picking competition. Garrett hopes to continue his music as a full time career. He is thankful to God everyday for giving him the gift of music. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194875825 194875825 Texas Eagle Dirt Band Aug. 15, 2014 The Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame show on August 15, 2014 features the Texas Eagle Dirt Band. This brother/sister duo, Gene Snow & Paula Reid, provide vocal harmony that only siblings can have. Their music is refreshing and energetic that doesn't come around very often. "Pure", "Energetic", "Professional", "Entertaining"...these are quotes from listeners all across the country. Gene performed on the Grand Ole Opry, opened the show for the Jim Ed Brown Theater in Nashville for two seasons, and hosted a "Writers Nite" on the historic Printers Ally in Nashville. Paula and Gene both reside in Texas now, but perform all across the nation. The Texas Eagle Dirt Band music style is rich in country music, flavored with God and Country. Their classic country music is blended into much of their original songs. This will be their 1st anniversary return to the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194464301 194464301 Marty Clifford July 18, 2014 Marty Clifford is a singer/song writer and recording artist on 5 different record labels. He won talent shows in Big Spring, Lone Star Music Association, and other West Texas Towns. Marty is a seasoned entertainer having worked on TV and radio shows and a long list of theaters, clubs, and various Opry shows. Marty plays traditional country music on the guitar, banjo, and fiddle. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=193796203 193796203 Allen Hurt and The Mountain Showmen June 19, 2015 Allen Hurt, a Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame Member and recording artist will be here for a return engagement with his Band of Mountain Showmen. Folks, come in, sit back, and get comfortable while you listen to some great country, and maybe, a little bluegrass music. Allen and the Mountain Showmen will make you want to get up and dance. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192670402 192670402 The Undead Joe Trio May 15, 2014 The Undead Joe Trio is a group of three young men: Joe Myers (vocals/guitar), Bart Sharp (lead guitar), and Robert Carter (upright bass). Due to unexpected difficulties, band members Robert Carter and Joe Myers were unable to provide a biography. Lead guitar player, Bart Sharp grew up in Ft. Worth, TX, and started playing guitar, seriously, about 5 or 6 years ago. To make up for lost time, he found good guitar teachers who helped him with his style of playing. While growing up, he listened to albums his dad played...Barney Kessel, Merle Haggard, Jerry Reed, Buck Owens, and Don Rich. His style of playing is a combination of these influences. Like most good lead players, he learned from other successful players and incorporated their guitar licks into his playing style. Bart says playing in ?The Undead Joe Trio? is a blast, and he tries to challenge himself in every gig to play something different, even just a couple of new licks. Bart says Joe Myers, in their band, wrote some fabulous songs. Bart gets to express himself a bit more on those original songs instead of playing only cover tunes. A full time job limits his unquenchable thirst to play guitar every day. Bart says he wouldn?t be anything without the LORD, and thanks HIM daily for the blessings HE has bestowed upon his life and family. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192207513 192207513 Chelsea Gadoury and Jerry and Deanna Dosser April 18, 2014 Main performers for the April 18, 2014 Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame Show are Chelsea Gadoury and Jerry and Deanna Dosser. They share a poster, but their biographies are shown separately below. Jerry and Deanna Dosser, For the past seven years Jerry and his wife, Deanna traveled upon invitation to Country, Cowboy, Community and Traditional Churches along with Festivals and other venues to present the word of God through song. "I was called into music ministry in 2006 after an accident, an accident which became my testimony of the Lord's abundant love. Shortly after He called me into music ministry, I pulled a guitar out from under the bed that my wife had bought me some 15 years early and began to play. The Lord has blessed this ministry by allowing my wife to join me in it and by allowing us the opportunity to travel to churches where there is a need or just an opportunity to share the Good News." "Our choice of music is typically country gospel. We are very fond of the old hymns done with a country flair. You might even hear some Vern Gosdin or Gene Watson gospel tunes. Deanna and I go where the Lord opens the door!" Read more of their story at: http://www.westernsonrise.com/home *************************************************** Chelsea Gadoury, "Chelsea Gadoury is a singer and guitarist from Texas whose passion and life is music. She's performed at a number of Texas and Nashville venues such as Grapevine Opry, Johnny High's Country Music Revue, Texas Opry, Gladewater Opry, The Nashville Palace and many more. Playing and performing for years, Chelsea taught herself how to play the guitar." "In 2009, Chelsea won 'Junior Newcomer Of The Year' at the Gladewater Opry and The Local Colgate Country Showdown for Henderson, Texas." Read more about Chelsea's music career at: http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/chelsea-gadoury-passionate-music/ https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=191201219 191201219 Balyeats Mar. 21, 2014 The Balyeats are a family band from Great Falls, Montana. They are an award winning combination of Country, Gospel and Bluegrass music with a message of inspiration and hope. Bob and Nancy, with their daughters and Jeremiah and Hillary Roby, make up this energetic group that delivers talent blended into a life-changing experience. They will have you clapping your hands and sitting on the edge of your seat watching for what will happen next in a musical presentation that includes lots of singing and 13 instruments. The Balyeats were awarded International Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2010. The girls received the Acapella Artist of the year in 2013, and Nancy was honored by receiving Psalmist of the Year in 2013 from the Country Gospel Music Association in Branson. In 2010, they were also awarded Best Family Gospel Album of the year by the National Traditional Country Music Association. Jeremiah and Hillary have joined us on tour with bass, piano, and vocals. Jeremiah traveled with his family for 9 years singing and sharing Jesus, and subsequently, played as a session musician in Minneapolis and Nashville. Hillary adds her enthusiasm and joy to the group. Her determination to learn new things inspires all members in the band. Together they travel around the country singing and sharing their faith in God at fairs, festivals, churches, parks, restaurants, and rallies. They go where ever God opens doors and provides the means. Their warm versatile style of family fun is a blessing to many events, bringing a ray of sunshine, hope, freshness, and laughter. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189955470 189955470 Ed & Juanita Reigle and The Good Timers Feb. 21, 2014 Ed Reigle and the "Good Timers" are a high energy band made up musicians in their 20's and one in his early thirties. Although a little older, Ed and Juanita formed the band made up of 4 gentlemen plus Ed and Juanita. Ed enjoys having a young group that can infuse some liveliness into the music. Ed formed the band "Borderline" in 1980 and they played together for 10 years. They played from Llano to Texarkana and in every honky tonk along the way. Ed has played rhythm guitar for 60 years. He's an old rock and roller, but loves the old country and gospel songs. Sean Craddock, 28 years old, is Ed's grandson and plays lead guitar. He also helps with vocals. Tim Mathews, 29 years old from Austin, also plays lead and does vocals. Tim has played guitar from the time he could walk and talk. Matt McDonald, 27 years old, is a professional drummer who plays with several bands throughout the state. Ricky Poste is in his early 30's, and is the new comer to the group. He plays bass. The audience should enjoy this band because they play a mixture of "high energy, upbeat" country and Rock & Roll songs. The "Good Timers" have played together off and on for about 6 or 7 years. Each of the 4 young men had their own bands, at one time or another. Like most musicians, these men love to play and are willing to play any time. They often play with other bands. And, like many musicians they often play for community events and parties. Ed says, "Look for the rafters to rattle." https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=190166569 190166569 Hiram Solis Jan. 17, 2014 Hiram Solis is our main featured performer for Jan. 17, 2014. Hiram has lived in the Central Texas area for fourty years. A singer and wonderful guitar player, he sang and played in several bands. Through the years, he took part in many events such as weddings, fundraisers, church revivals, and festivals. He played in a group called Destiny in the 1980's. He also played at local functions, and took part in the 1989 Heart of Texas Fair lineup with the Destiny band. Recently, Hiram is playing with "praise teams" at various churches in the area. At some of the events, he led the worship service. Some of the projects Hiram has worked on include studio work with his guitar on a film theme song. Now retired, Hiram's more recent work and interest is easy listening guitar music. He hopes to record some of this music, soon. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188370331 188370331 David Allen Dec. 20, 2013 David Allen our featured entertainer for December 20, 2013, is a Country Gospel Music recording artist. He received the Silver Heart Award of 2007, an award from the Country Gospel Music Association of Branson, MO, and also, Psalmist of the Year from the Central USA Division. A man with a wonderful singing voice that should please your ears, he produced and recorded 12 professional recordings and CD's of Christian Country Gospel Music. David wrote and recorded hundreds of songs that inspired many people around the world. He was born in Haskell, Texas in 1941. David's heart and love is in Texas where he was reared on a family farm. He now resides in his hometown of Weinert, Texas with his wife, Peggy Joyce. They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. He is the Founder and President of the Heart of Love International Ministries. He is a gospel music recording artist, and music award winner. For 30 years, he was active in leading missionary tours and acts of mercy in third-world countries such as Mexico, Haiti, and Russia. From 1962 to 2008 he served as a pulpit minister for 10 different churches. David's evangelistic work includes prison outreach, special camps for teenagers, radio and television ministry, border missions, seniors RV parks, children's homes, and evangelism meetings and seminars. David received his Bible Degree from Abilene Christian College in Texas. He traveled and ministered in 30 foreign countries and all of the states in the USA. He began leading prayer meetings in Washington, DC and was involved in a revival of prayer during presidential elections. He was one of the original prayer intercessors involved in the "Washington for Jesus" march in 1980. He was invited to be part of the 2001 presidential inauguration. At present, David is writing new books and songs for his "Heart of Love" library. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187306208 187306208 Jay & Tammy Roy Nov. 15, 2013 Jay & Tammy Roy are professional, talented musicians possessing broad generational appeal. Their repertoire exceeds 1000 vocal and instrumentals spanning nearly a century of American music from Swing, Big Band Era, Classic Country, Western, and pop favorites. Their "Toe-Tapping music" and medleys bring dancers to the floor in great numbers. They have wide geographic appeal from the winter meccas of Southern Texas and Arizona to summers in the mountains of Colorado, the bayous of Louisiana to Inns along the eastern seaboard. They enjoy many return engagements, and in several locations, appeared seasonally for over ten years. Their music includes special events, such as German Oktoberfest Music or uniquely regional music such as French Canadian, and Spanish. They book dances and/or shows at Church Parish Halls, lodges, resorts, campgrounds, fraternal organizations, recreational centers, R.V. rallies, restaurants, inns, and community events. Jay received the 2008 and 2009 "Families Advocating Moral Entertainment" (FAME) award for "Musician of the Year" and "Lead Guitarist of the Year". Tammy received the "FAME 2008 Directors" award and "2009 FAME Bassist of The Year Award", "Vocalist of the Year" award and "Song of the Year" award for the beautiful song "On My Fathers Side" written by Jan Buckner. This 2013 - 2014 Winter Season will be their 25th year booking RV Resorts in The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. They played Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington for "The Best of Texas Festival", Good Sam Samborees for the following States, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maryland, FMCA 6-State Rallies, 1999 FMCA International Rally in Ames, Iowa, the Fiddlers and Followers Week-end in N. Rustico, Prince Edward Island Canada, the Silver Fox Yacht and Curling Club in Summerside, Prince Edward Island Canada, Fox Mountain Country Music Festival in Aylsford, Nova Scotia, Wahoo Country Music Festival in Wahoo, Nebraska, and Pearl Schoolhouse in Pearl, TX. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187177395 187177395 Mara (pronounced Myra) Hoyler October 18, 2013 Mara Hoyler (pronounced Myra) was born and raised in Ft. Worth, TX, but for the last 38 years, lived in Burleson, TX. She and her husband Tommy raised two very talented, smart sons, and both of them are married to wonderful women. As often as possible, Mara enjoys the company of her four beautiful grand-daughters (all sisters). Mara, singing since childhood, dreamed of making it "big" on Broadway, ?but things change once you've grown up.? In high school, Mara met, fell in love, and married her high school sweetheart, Tommy. This past summer, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. She sang in church choirs, as a child and adult, and was part of several quartets and select singing ensembles. She will tell you, "My singing career didn't take shape until our sons were almost grown." Her sons, now grown, Mara was able to perform on several cruise lines, play in community theaters, and enter many singer/songwriter competitions. She won several vocal contests, and received a call back for a second America's Got Talent audition several years ago. Now, she enjoys the gigs she books each month. Mara and her husband started playing the guitar nine years ago. She said, "If he can learn to play, then I can too!" After taking up the guitar, she wrote numerous songs and won awards for her lyrics. She is most proud of the songs she wrote for her four grandchildren. Besides singing, Mara and her husband teach swing dance lessons, salsa, and waltz. Mara works at an elementary school where she directed children's choir for many years, and for a fourth year, is the drama club director. "Being able to sing, act, and dance for an audience is a gift God graced me with. I try to do my best each time I perform to make Him proud." https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185964457 185964457 Mike & Dixie Dunton Sep. 20, 2013 Mike and Dixie Dunton call Hico, Texas home. These traveling minstrels have performed from Florida to California. Mike began his musical life in St. Augustine, Florida. He grew up in a musical family where many evenings were devoted to friends and family playing music on the front porch. His mother (in order to keep an active little redhead busy) would put him in a big chair with his father's dobro and instruct the four year old to "play her a song". He still plays that same dobro today. Mike found his real love when a relative gave the family an old upright piano. His parents recognized what a talent he had for the piano and obtained classical training for him. That training would stand him in good stead and provide a substantial foundation for his music. Fate; however, had something else in mind. Early on, he discovered rock and roll. Goodbye Beethoven! He was off to form his own band, playing across the Southeast. Rock-a-billy was for him! Mike always felt he belonged in Texas, and in 1975, he brought his music to Texas and never left. Dixie started her performing at the ripe old age of two in Ft. Worth, Texas. Singing for anyone she could corral. Will Rogers Coliseum, North Ft. Worth Coliseum, New Isis Theatre or singing on a downtown corner (when she could escape while her mother who was looking at pattern books at Leonard Brothers). One night her mother took her to the North Ft. Worth Coliseum to see the Kitty Well's Show. As she peered between the balcony railings (awe struck), she knew this was for her. Later she performed with the USO in Europe and many other venues in Texas and California. She fell in love with a piano player, and the rest is history. We play VINTAGE music: Country, Gospel, and Old Time Rock and Roll. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184214572 184214572 Texas Eagle Dirt Band Aug. 16,2013 The Texas Eagle Dirt Band music style is rich in country music, flavored with God and Country. Their classic country music is blended into much of their original songs. Gene Snow is a good old ?down home? country boy, originally from Wichita Falls, Texas. Back in 1976 he was transplanted to Texarkana where he made his home for almost twenty years. In late 1991, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee for two and a half years where he developed music business relationships that are invaluable today as he continues his music career. He performed on the Grand Ole Opry Stage, hosted a Writer?s Nite on the historic Printer?s Ally, and provided a pre-show performance for the Jim Ed Brown Theater for two seasons, along with other notable appearances in and around Nashville. He sings with a strong and serious message much of the time, but has a happy, fun-loving spirit that is always well received and loved. With his sincere exchange of feeling with the audience, he illuminates a positive charisma, which is hard to deny. Throughout Gene?s career, his sister, Paula Reid, was the stabilizing and motivating force behind the successes that continuously marked his path. As a great songwriter, she wrote many songs that from the beginning advanced him as a respected recording artist. He released a single in Southern Gospel music in 1996, ?Fire On The Mountain in Galilee? that got some serious radio air play. Gene released a song to the Bluegrass market in 1998 written by Paula, ?Kentucky Moon?, and it charted at #30. Gene toured with the Country Legend, Tillman Franks, for six years in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These were some of the most important years of his musical training and grooming. Gene and Paula organized the Texas Eagle Dirt Band and are now performing across the nation with the four-piece band at corporate functions, tourist venues, private parties, cowboy churches and dances. Our schedule stays full, but we?re lovin' every minute of it. Recently, we?ve featured the classic music of the country greats. Folks seem to really appreciate our tribute performance to these stars who built country music. We also continue to add our own original songs and the Christian country that helped to build our house. https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194464425 194464425 Pausitive Band - (pausitiveband.com) July 19, 2013 https://www.gatesvillecountrymusichalloffame.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181304211 181304211