The John Ritter Tribute Showcase is set for August 9th at the Carthage Civic Center. Preliminary auditions were held in June and a total of 30 contestants chosen from those auditions will compete in the showcase in August.
The winner will represent the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame (TCMHOF) the following year at various concerts and special events as the TCMHOF Ambassador. The winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.
The emcee of this year’s showcase is Carthage native Linda Davis.
“I have had the privilege of hosting/emceeing the Friday Night John Ritter Tribute Showcase for 6 years,” said Davis. “My soft spot for aspiring artists and singer/songwriter dreamers runs deep. The crowd is always so impressed with the talent and shows the performers so much love. The TCMHOF house band gives 100% to each artist.”
The John Ritter Tribute Showcase is named after John Ritter, Tex Ritter’s actor son, because the family wanted to do something to help young people get started in the business.
To learn more about the showcase and to see previous winners click here.
More about the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame:
According to their website, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (TCMHOF) 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 impressive structure encompasses 13,000 square feet of space for exhibits, a gift shop and a large banquet room. The facility can accommodate groups of 300 for lecture-type seating or more than 200 for catered dinners. With soaring ceilings, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and a commercial kitchen, the Hall of Fame provides unparalleled meeting space for local groups needing space for banquets and other activities. You can view the most recent inductees here.
More about the Tex Ritter Museum:
According to the website, 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.
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is located at 310 West Panola Street in Carthage Texas.
Their current museum hours are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
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