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George D. Hay Music Theater presents awards show to large crowd

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame and Foundation of Mammoth Spring, Ark., held it's 15th annual George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame induction and award show on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the George D. Hay Music Theater in Mammoth Spring.

More than 175 people were on hand for the night's event.

The back-up music for the show was provided by Rhodes and Barnett and The River Girls, along with Donna Rhodes Morris of Cash's White River Hoedown of Mountain View, Ark.

The show opened with The River Girls backing Bob Ross, president of the foundation, with a song, "The Father of Country Music," writte by Ross and Kyle Wade of Mammoth Spring. The River Girls played for half an hour and included a Salute to the Veterans in attendance.

The Hoe-Down award came next, named in honor of the musicians that played at the howdown which Hay himself attended on a trip he made to Mammoth Spring in 1919.

Hay was invited to the gathering, held in a log cabin, and was inspired by the music and the dancers to eventually create the Grand Ole Opry in 1928.

Three Hoe-Down awards were given during the night, with the first going to Matthew Huff of Mammoth Spring, a new recording artist with a CD entitled "Strong."

Huff sang two of his original songs, "As Time Goes By" and "Back Again."

Joe and Ruby Johnson of Hardy were next to receive the award. Ruby sang "Blanket on the Ground," followed by Joe singing "Mama's Hungry Eyes," and the duo finished their performance singing a duet of "Golden Ring."

Tom Bowers of Caulfield, Mo., was the final recipient of the Hoe-Down award. He performed "Chicken Truck" and a percussion version of "Wipe Out."

Zyndall Raney of Drasco, Ark., a musician and recording producer was the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He performed "Boogie-Woogie" and "Last Date" on the keyboards for the crowd.

Sonny Burgess of Dyass, Ark., a performer and leader of the band, The Pacers, was inducted next. He performed "T for Texas" and "Red Headed Woman."

Williford Ray, a Nashville performer, leader of the Nashville Band, and a music producer, was inducted next and performed two songs for the crowd: "Next in Line" and "Hello Darlin."

Speck Rhodes, country comedian and member of the Porter Wagoner Band and television show was inducted next. A tribute was given by Sandra Rhodes, Donna Rhodes Morris and Brenda "Bear" Barnett, as they sang "Hey Sadie."

Country Star Faron Young of the Grand Ole Opry, recording star and TV and movie performer was the last to be inducted. Bob Ross, President of the foundation, performed two of Young's hits: "Going Steady" and "Sweet Dreams." Carl Barton of Clarksville, Tenn., received the award on Young's behalf.

The show ended with all the musicians on stage, singing "Will the Circle be Unbroken." The foundation thanks everyone that took part in the show and for the donations given at the door.

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