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George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame inductee Martin Delray sings “Lillie’s White Lies.”(Hill ’n Holler staff photo)

George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame inductee Martin Delray sings “Lillie’s White Lies.”(Hill ’n Holler staff photo)

Mammoth Spring, Ark. — The George D. Hay Foundation held its 18th annual Hall of Fame and Hoedown awards induction show and party to a full house Sunday, Sept. 21, as inductees and award winners performed and grinned.
Stonewall Jackson, who was expected to make an appearance Sunday, begged off due to a head injury and promised to come up later and do a show. Nashville singer Wilford Ray accepted the Hall of Fame award for him.
Martin Delray, a singer and songwriter in the ’70’s and ’90’s, did make an appearance and was excellent. He was in great voice and performed his hits “Lillie’s White Lies” and “Old Fashioned Love.”
To see and hear Delray sing “Lillie’s White Lies,” click HERE.
To see and hear Delray sing “Old Fashioned Love,” click HERE.
Delray was the only Hall of Fame inductee to make an appearance.
Steel guitar player Big Jim Webb’s award was accepted by his widow Betty Webb, and Randy Travis also did not make an appearance.
Two of the three Hoedown award winners did accept their awards in person and performed. They were bass player Doug Martin of West Plains, Mo., and Fred Masters of Cave City, Ark.
Doug Martin, who sings and plays with The Last Ride and The Black River Bands, did a great turn, and steel guitar player Fred Masters, who performs in Texas with David Cline (Patsy Cline’s son), sang and rolled out some hot licks on the steel guitar.
To see and hear Martin sing “All I Have to Offer You Is Me,” Click HERE.
To see and hear Masters sing and play “Farewell Party,” click HERE.
The final Hoedown award winner, singer instrumentalist Don Boyer, was unable to attend, and his award was accepted by his daughter Angela Wright of Thayer, Mo. Boyer is from Pottersville, Mo.
A special lifetime achievement award was given to Nashville area country D.J. Bill Rainey, who sang a couple of songs for the crowd.
The first part of the show Sunday was Nashville and country singer Wilford Ray and his Nashville Band. Wilford, who has a authentic honky tonk whine and groan can perform with the best of them, delighted the crowd with such numbers as “The Next in Line,” “Jambalaya,” and “Hello Darlin’, It’s Been a Long Time”
Everybody ate free cake, and a doggone good time was had by all.
Caroll Lucas
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Nashville singer Wilford Ray belts it out for the crowd.  (staff photo)

Nashville singer Wilford Ray belts it out for the crowd. (staff photo)

Doug Martin, bass player and vocalist of West Plains, Mo., and a Hoedown award winner sings “All I Have to Offer You Is Me.” (staff photo)

Doug Martin, bass player and vocalist of West Plains, Mo., and a Hoedown award winner sings “All I Have to Offer You Is Me.” (staff photo)

Steel guitar player Fred Masters of Cave City accepts his Hoedown award. (staff photo)

Steel guitar player Fred Masters of Cave City accepts his Hoedown award. (staff photo)

Nashville star steel guitar player Big Jim Webb’s widow Betty Webb accepts his Hall of Fame induction. (staff photo)

Nashville star steel guitar player Big Jim Webb’s widow Betty Webb accepts his Hall of Fame induction. At left is foundation president Bob Ross. (staff photo)

Big Jim Webb

Big Jim Webb

Don Boyer’s daughter Angela Wright of Thayer accepts a Hoedown award on behalf of her father, a Pottersville, Mo., resident.  At left is foundation president Bob Ross. (staff photo)

Don Boyer’s daughter Angela Wright of Thayer accepts a Hoedown award on behalf of her father, a Pottersville, Mo., resident. At left is foundation president Bob Ross. (staff photo)

Don Boyer

Don Boyer

Country D.J. Bill Rainey accepts his lifetime achievement award. (staff photo)

Country D.J. Bill Rainey accepts his lifetime achievement award. (staff photo)

Wilford Ray accepts Hall of Fame induction for Stonewall Jackson (says he’ll keep it).  (staff photo)

Wilford Ray accepts Hall of Fame induction for Stonewall Jackson (says he’ll keep it). (staff photo)

Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson

Randy Travis, as expected, did not attend the induction.

Randy Travis, as expected, did not attend the induction.

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