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Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony - 2023 Inductees Announced
425 Boston Street
Muskogee, OK 74401-7516

Date: Saturday, February 17 2024 06:30 PM
Doors: 5:30 PM - This event is All Ages
Promoter: Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame
 
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Special Guest:
   Ricochet
   Bryan White
   Timothy Long
   Verlon Thompson
   Jerry Huffer
   Shelby Eicher
   Governor's Award recipient David Webb
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Releases 2023 Inductees Celebration and Concert.

MUSKOGEE, OK
- The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has released the names of The newest members of the the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will be honored during a Saturday, Feb. 17 ceremony and concert at Muskogee Civic Center.
The 2023 honorees to be inducted into the OK Music Hall of Fame are: The class of 2023 includes:
Ricochet, Bryan White, Timothy Long, Verlon Thompson, Jerry Huffer, Shelby Eicher and Governor's Award recipient David Webb.

"I am so excited to see the great musical diversity in this year's Hall of Fame inductees," Tony Corbell, OMHOF's executive director, said. "From singer-songwriters to respected educators to concert pianists, this class of inductees will long be remembered for what they have contributed to the world of music - all coming out of Oklahoma, proving once again that Oklahoma is a true music capital."

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Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame - More than 100 of the world's most famous musicians, artists and songwriters have the distinct honor of being inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

It's fitting that this relatively small state serves as home for the Music Hall of Fame. Why? Oklahoma's roots are firmly planted in rich musical history, and the state has produced dozens of notable talents whose gifts and musical styles are as breathtaking and diverse as the Oklahoma landscape.

Inductees include acclaimed musicians, singers, songwriters and performers like Woody Guthrie, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Bob Wills, Leona Mitchell, Hank Thompson, David Gates and many more. Each inductee calls Oklahoma home and, in 1996, the Oklahoma Legislature created the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to educate and entertain generations about this musical legacy. Perhaps, for obvious reasons, Muskogee was designated as home of the facility, in a nod to Merle Haggard, also an inductee, who put the place on the map with his Okie from Muskogee.

Considering the outstanding lifetime achievements of talented Oklahoma musicians, we can also appreciate the contribution they make to the quality of life for Oklahomans and everyone across the globe.

OMHOF 2023 inductees Shelby Eicher
As a member of Roy Clark's band for 15 years, Eicher recorded five live albums with Clark and logged numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show," "Hee Haw" and the Grand Ole Opry. He has played on projects with JJ Cale and Hank Thompson and can be heard in many movie soundtracks and commercial jingles. He has also played on gaming soundtracks for Sony PlayStation. Eicher performs up to 20 times per month and teaches fiddle, mandolin and guitar to students throughout Tulsa.

Ricochet
In 1996, the members of the country group watched a debut single, "What Do I Know," rise to the top five, earning Ricochet the highest charting debut single of the year. A follow up single, "Daddy's Money," rose to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart for a two-week stay. Ricochet’s distinctive musical style and intricate harmonies earned the band recognition as one of the most popular vocal groups in country music. Ricochet is Heath Wright (lead vocals, lead guitar and fiddle), Chris Hempfling (drums and vocals), Larry Hight (steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, saxophone and vocals), Bruce Bennett (bass and vocals) and Rick Toops (keyboards and vocals).

Ricochet is the only country band to chart the national anthem and is in constant demand to perform it live.

Bryan White
White is a CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning country music artist, producer and songwriter. Six of his charted 21 hit songs have climbed to No. 1. White received CMA's Horizon Award in 1996 in addition to being named the ACM's top new artist and earning multiple other nominations. White teamed up with LeAnn Rimes in 1998 for their "Something to Talk About" tour and worked with Shania Twain on the hit song "From This Moment On."

Timothy Long
Long is a pianist, conductor, composer and is the artistic and music director of opera at the Eastman School of Music. He is a Muscogee Nation citizen from the Thlophlocco Tribal Town and is one-half Choctaw on his mother's side. He was named the assistant conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and was subsequently named associate conductor for the New York City Opera for two seasons. The number of operas with which he has worked scrolls almost two pages and the operas are scattered throughout the world. He made his debut at age 16 with the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra.

Verlon Thompson
In addition to being one of the world's premier songwriters, Thompson's guitar playing cannot go unnoticed. A prolific songwriter, he has written for Kenny Rogers, Suzy Bogguss, Randy Travis, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dierks Bentley, Joe Diffie, Jerry Jeff Walker and Trisha Yearwood. Thompson spent many years co-writing and recording with friend Guy Clark. Shelly West, Johnny Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Ray Stevens and Pam Tillis have all worked with Thompson and experienced his storytelling abilities.

Jerry Huffer
Countless Oklahoma music teachers have come to know Huffer as the face of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association in his 50-plus years as a music educator. He has been involved in honoring thousands of students in All-State groups and has taught an incalculable number of classes and students. He says the kids became his life. When Huffer recently retired for a second time, 137 music teachers paid tribute at a banquet in his honor. Huffer is a legend among high school band students all over Oklahoma.

David Webb
Webb started his multi-faceted career in the music business in 1963 when music impresario Jim Halsey hired him to put up show posters in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. The posters were for artists on Halsey's talent roster like Roy Clark, Wanda Jackson, Hank Thompson and Leon McAuliffe.

Webb started his own booking agency and contracted to provide rock bands at the Independence (Kansas) Civic Center every Friday night. He spent several years on the Chicago Grammy board before being elected to the national board and then was elected to the position of national vice president.

When Halsey, a longtime friend and colleague, and Roy Clark formed Churchill/MCA Records, Webb was offered the position of VP of sales and marketing. Webb also arranged, organized and accompanied the Churchill Artists to radio, TV and print opportunities. During this time, Webb met James Brown. Brown asked David to become his manager.

Webb eventually became a vice president and general manager in radio markets in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. After working with many major artists, record companies, agents and artist management companies, Webb started "buying" artists and producing shows. Some of the artists he promoted and produced during his tenure in radio were Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Kentucky Headhunters, Travis Tritt, Suzy Bogguss, Hank Williams Jr., Highway 101, Lyle Lovett, k.d. lang, David Allan Coe, the Dirt Band, Becky Hobbs, LeAnn Rimes, the Kendalls, the Desert Rose Band and the All American Rejects.

Webb has served on the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Board and, since 2014, has been a part of the "Nanyehi" project with Hobbs, a longtime friend and creator of "Nanyehi." Webb moved from being producer to executive producer in 2019, a role he continues in today.
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