The best in country music drew fans to Carthage Saturday night for the Ninth Annual Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame Celebration. Jeanne Seely, of Grand Ole Opry fame, opened the show as performer and emcee. Lindale's Casey Rivers took a break from his "Nashville Star" tour to entertain the standing-room-only audience.
But even with all the young new talent there, it was a night, most of all, to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have for years made their names and livings in country music. Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, whose best known song is "Honky Tonk Hero", was the first to be inducted into the 2006 Hall Of Fame. The Gatlin Brothers, Rudy, Larry, and Steve, whose many hits include "Broken Lady", "Houston" and "All The Gold In California" were honored for their long, successful career.