On McKinney Music, “the best independent music magazine in the UK“, Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame Weekend in 2023 will return to Austin on February 24-25.
Texas Songwriters Hall Of Fame
The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association has recently inducted W.C. Clark, Gary P. Nunn, Radney Foster, and Alejandro Escovedo into its Hall of Fame.
To honor these new members, the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame Weekend in 2023 will return to Austin on February 24-25. On Friday, February 24, there will be a VIP sponsor-only DKR Pickin’ Party at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. On Saturday, the public Hall of Fame Awards Show at the ACL at Moody Theater will honor and celebrate the newest class of songwriters. Past inductees, Grammy winners, well-known songwriters, and artists will all make appearances and perform at the weekend celebration.
Alejandro Escovedo, who was born in San Antonio, has a career and body of work that are as diverse as any rock artist of his generation. Escovedo had already played an important role in punk (with the Nuns), roots rock (with the True Believers), and alt-country (with Rank & File) before he launched a solo career that has seen him work with everyone from Tony Visconti to John Cale to Bruce Springsteen.
As a founding father of the progressive country music scene in Austin, Texas, in the 1970s, Gary P. Nunn helped change the face of popular music. He is as comfortable performing with Nunn is a proud Texas ambassador who has performed for half a century and has no plans to stop anytime soon. He sings about his love of everything Texas in dance halls all over the state and on concert stages all over the world. Gary P. Nunn has become an icon of Lone Star music thanks to his extraordinary talents as a prolific songwriter and performer. He has also earned the respect of his peers and the admiration of numerous country music fans all over the world.
With the critically acclaimed release of Del Rio, Texas 1959, Radney Foster established himself as a solo artist at the beginning of the 1990s. Foster has written eight hits that reached number one. His songs have sold 50 million copies worldwide, and his discography contains numerous cuts by artists ranging from country (Keith Urban, The Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys, George Benson). He has written and produced songs for and with numerous Texas musicians, including Guy Clark, Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers, Cory Morrow, Sunny Sweeney, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Josh Abbott, Cody Johnson, Lee Roy Parnell, William Beckmann, Wade Bowen, and Deryl Dodd. He has also been a friend and mentor to those musicians. He was in charge of the Randy Rogers Band’s first three albums, and they recently worked together to make Homecoming.
Rodney Clawson, who was born in Gruver, Texas, quit his job as a farmer there to become a full-time songwriter. He became a successful songwriter thanks to the work ethic he developed while farming. Clawson co-wrote Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky” and 24 other #1 songs. He won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award in 2008 for George Strait’s “I Saw God Today,” and he has won multiple times for Songwriter of the Year from BMI and NSAI.
W.C. Clark was born in Austin, Texas, into a musical family. In the church choir, his grandmother, mother, and sisters all sang gospel. His father played the guitar. Clark says, “All I had to do was pick up an instrument and play it. I had so much music in my soul.” Clark eventually became Stevie Ray Vaughan’s bass player in the Triple Threat Revue. Clark and keyboardist Kindred co-wrote Cold Shot while Clark was playing in Triple Threat Revue. The song went on to become one of Vaughan’s biggest hits and earned W.C. his first platinum record. For his efforts, Clark went on to win a number of highly coveted W.C. Handy Blues Awards. Because of his influence on the Austin, Texas blues scene since the late 1960s, Clark is referred to as “the Godfather of Austin Blues.”
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