Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Holds Classic Country Music Festival


The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage is holding its annual Classic Country Music Festival August 9 through 12. Activities kick off Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Country Music Hayride Show at the Esquire Theater featuring local bands Dusty Boots and Southern Impact and special guests. There’s a $5 entry fee.

On Friday is the John Ritter Tribute Showcase where young musical performers compete for a chance to represent the Hall of Fame in the coming year and win a prize package that includes $1,000. Contestants perform for celebrity judges and are backed by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band. The event  is hosted by country artist Linda Davis and takes place at the new Carthage High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.

Saturday is the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Show taking place at the Performing Arts Center. Neal McCoy is this year’s emcee and he’ll also perform along with others including Dallas Wayne.

The 2018 inductees include the “voice” of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Leon Rausch, and country gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the activities begin at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $60-$100.

Sunday features free gospel music at the Hall of Fame with special guests including Gena Hamilton and The Chuck Wagon Gang from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum is open extended hours during this special weekend from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Free tours are available and special guests are featured throughout the days.

The museum is full of country music history and items like Willie Nelson’s golf putter and headband. Personalized plaques acknowledging the highlights of the lives and careers of each artist inducted into the hall of fame line the walls. The hall is packed with a wide array of memorabilia showcasing the various contributions these artists made to country music, including a collection of 20 Nudie suits worn by the likes of Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Rodriguez, Buck Owens, and Tex Ritter.

In addition to the individual artist tributes, the museum also includes a vintage movie marquee as a reminder of the important long-standing relationship between Hollywood and country music.

For more information on the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame museum and ceremony, call 903.694.9661 and visit www.tcmhof.com.

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