Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
Located in Carthage, Texas
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame was initiated in 1998 to celebrate the contributions of Texans to the country music profession. The project highlights those individuals, living or dead, who are recognized nationally as outstanding in their field.
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum opened in August 2002 in a $2.5 million state-of-the-art facility. Since that date, over 30,000 country music fans have stepped back in time to re-live great moments in country music history. Fans have come from every state as well as numerous foreign countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, India, Sri Lanka, The Netherlands, Germany and Australia.
The museum started in 1993 as the Tex Ritter Museum and expanded to include friends of Tex and other Texas-born country music legends. In August 2004, the museum expanded to add a significant Jim Reeves display which features the radio equipment from Jim's radio station KGRI in Henderson.
Inductees for Texas Country Music Hall of Fame:
J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper)
The Gatlin Brothers - Larry, Steve, Rudy
Billy Joe Shaver - Honky Tonk Hero
Linda Davis "Song Stylist"
Michael Martin Murphey "Singing Cowboy Poet"
Neal McCoy "The Entertainer"
George Jones "Ol' Possum"
Al Dexter "Pistol Packin' Mama"
Ray Winkler "Welcome to My World"
Duane Allen - The Oak Ridge Boys
Bobbie Lee Nelson