Awards Show, Big Jim Webb, Don Boyer, Doug Martin, Fred Masters, free, George D. Hay, George D. Hay Foundation, Grand Ole Opry, Hall of Fame, Hoe Down Awards, Hwy. 63, Mammoth Spring AR, Martin Delray, Randy Travis, Stonewall Jackson, Wilford Ray
Major Nashville performers will be honored, and two — Stonewall Jackson and Martin Delray — are scheduled to attend and perform.
George D. Hay observed an old-time country music hoedown after covering a news story near Mammoth Spring for a Memphis newspaper following WWI. When he entered radio broadcasting, he patterned his show after what he had observed here. The show blossomed into the Grand Ole Opry, and our Ozark hills’ rich musical tradition was his inspiration.
Stonewall Jackson has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, and recorded such hits as “Life to Go” and the crossover hit “Waterloo.” Martin Delray is a native Arkansan whose two early 1990’s albums “Get Rhythm and “What Kind of Man” spawned several country charting singles. “Lillie’s White Lies” is a popular regional favorite. He wrote The Kendalls’ number one single “Old Fashioned Love.”
The master steel guitarist, the late Big Jim Webb, will be honored. His widow, Betty Webb, will attend and receive his plaque. Randy Travis will be inducted into our Hall of Fame, but serious health issues will likely prevent him from attending.
Wilford Ray and The Nashville Band will open the show prior to the formal inductions. Bill Rainey will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his D.J. work and musical achievements as a performer and producer.
Our program will likewise honor local country performer’s musical talents with our Hoe-down Awards. Recipients this year are Don Boyer, Doug Martin and Fred Masters. Boyer and Martin are residents of Pottersville and West Plains, Missouri. Masters resides in Cave City, Arkansas. All three are vocalists and instrumentalists. Boyer plays rhythm guitar; Martin plays bass; and Masters plays the steel guitar. Along with lead guitarist Steve Cole and drummer Emmett Neeley, the inductees will form their own band to back up each other’s performances.
Complimentary coffee and cake will be served to all attendees. The George D. Hay Foundation is pleased to offer this annual program to our community. We warmly invite all to attend.