Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

TxHSA partners with Texas Music Office to showcase Texas songwriters at Key West Songwriters Festival; Announces 2019 Hall of Fame class. 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15, 2018 — The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association(TxHSA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Hall of Fame class of inductees: Christopher Cross, Steve Earle, Billy F Gibbons and Bob McDill. 
In partnership with the Texas Music Office, the TxHSA surprised attendees at the 2018 Key West Songwriters Festival last Friday night with its announcement during a showcase of Texas songwriters. Performers included Rob Baird, Keith Gattis, Troy Cartwright, Heather Morgan, Aaron Barker, Jamie Lin Wilson, Liz Rose and Bruce Robison at the Key West Theater.

Featured left to right: Mason Hunter, BMI; Brendon Anthony, Texas Music Office; Jamie Lin Wilson, Texas songwriter; Aaron Barker, TxHSA Hall of Fame member; Heather Morgan, Texas songwriter; Joe Ables, TxHSA board member, during Key West Songwriters Festival. (Photo credit: Erika Goldring/BMI).

With this announcement, the 2019 TxHSA Hall of Fame Weekend will return to Austin on February 22nd and 23rd, 2019, celebrating the songwriting achievements of its latest class of inductees. A VIP sponsor-only DKR Pickin’ Party at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum will kick off the weekend on Friday, February 22nd. Saturday’s public Hall of Fame Awards Show at the Paramount Theatre will both honor and celebrate these new honorees, bringing them into the spotlight and inducting them into the TxHSA Hall of Fame. Sponsors and patrons can expect a weekend celebration packed with performances and appearances from past inductees, Grammy Award winners, renowned songwriters and recording artists.

Texas’ self-styled culture is unique in ways that are respected and envied around the world, and so is its songwriting. Virtually defining adult contemporary radio, San Antonio native Christopher Cross most notably won five Grammy Awards with his 1979 self-titled debut album, and – for the first time ever – the four most prestigious Grammys: Record of the Year (for the single “Sailing”), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for “Sailing”) and Best New Artist.
A definitive Americana artist, Steve Earle, who grew up primarily in the San Antonio area, has turned many musical corners during his illustrious career. Equally acclaimed as a folk troubadour, rockabilly raver, bluesman, honky-tonk rounder and rocker, he has won three Grammy Awards, including for 2005’s The Revolution Starts Now, 2008’s Washington Square Serenade and 2010’s Townes.
Recognized as a musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, Houston native Billy F Gibbons has unquestionably established himself as one of the finest blues-rock guitarists to ever emerge from Texas. Gibbons has most notably served as guitarist and lead vocalist of American rock band ZZ Top, who produced such hits as “Give Me All Your Loving,” “La Grange,” “Legs,” Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush,” positioning them as one of the country’s top bands.
A master of writing number-one hits – 31 to be exact – Waldon, Texas, native Bob McDill has been no stranger to country and American pop music. His hits include “I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can,” “Shot Full of Love,” “Runaway Hearts” and “Falling in Love” by Juice Newton; “Gone Country” by Alan Jackson; “All the Good Ones Are Gone” by Pam Tillis; and both “Louisiana Saturday Night” and “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” by Mel McDaniel, to name a few. In addition to four Grammy nominations, McDill has received Songwriter of the Year Awards from BMI, ASCAP and the NSAI. In 2012 he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Golden Note Award.
Last year’s inductees included the late Buddy Holly and Mickey Newbury, alongside Liz Rose and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Other past inductees include the likes of Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, K.T. Oslin and Townes Van Zandt.
A limited number of seats for the 2019 Hall of Fame Awards Show will be made available to the public, with a ticket sales date announced in December.
Parties interested in sponsorship opportunities should visit texasheritagesongwriters.com/sponsorship or contact sponsorships@texasheritagesongwriters.com.
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About the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association:
Established in 2005, the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association (TxHSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to Texas’ rich songwriting legacy. The mission of the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, in the interest of Texas cultural preservation, is to honor and celebrate Texas songwriters who have played an important role in defining and interpreting Texas’ distinctive culture. The TxHSA produces its annual Hall of Fame Awards Show, a public event which serves as an induction ceremony for its songwriting honorees.
About the Key West Songwriters Festival:
The Key West Songwriters Festival (KWSWF) is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Since 1997, BMI has been a presenting sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
About the Texas Music Office:
For nearly 30 years the Texas Music Office has served the Texas music industry. Its mission to create opportunity and connect businesses continues today. Its core functions are to serve as a clearinghouse for Texas music industry information via the TMO’s Texas Music Industry Directory (a business referral network comprised of 15,000-plus Texas music businesses), serve as a liaison between music businesses and government offices and agencies, publicize significant developments within the industry, and to attract essential music industry to foster the economic development of Texas music businesses and musicians. The Texas Music Office is a division of the Economic Development and Tourism office, within the Office of the Governor.
Inductee Photo Credits:
Chad Batka, for Steve Earle
Blain Clausen, for Billy F Gibbons
Dak Alley, for Bob McDill
Media Contact:
Jason Z. Guest
Communications Director
512.703.0426
jzg@guestpublic.com
jason@texasheritagesongwriters.com

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