"All I Have to Offer You Is Me", "Farewell Party", Angela Wright, “Lillie’s White Lies”, “That Old Fashioned Love”, Betty Webb, Big Jim Webb, Bill Rainey, Bob Ross, Don Boyer, Doug Martin, Fred Masters, free, George D. Hay Foundation, Hoedown awards, induction, lifetime achievement, Mammoth Spring AR, Martin Delray, Music Hall of Fame, Randy Travis, Stonewall Jackson, Wilford Ray
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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