AUSTIN, TX — (EINPresswire) — Alejandro Escovedo, Gary P. Nunn, Radney Foster, Rodney Clawson, and W.C. Clark are the newest inductees into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame.
The 2023 Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame Weekend will return to Austin, February 24-25 to celebrate these inductees. A VIP sponsor-only DKR Pickin’ Party at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum will kick off the weekend on Friday, February 24, and Saturday’s public Hall of Fame Awards Show at the ACL at Moody Theater will honor and celebrate the newest class of songwriters. The weekend celebration will be packed with performances and appearances from past inductees, Grammy winners, renowned songwriters, and artists.
Born in San Antonio, Alejandro Escovedo has an eclectic background and body of work as any rock artist of his generation. As comfortable performing with a string ensemble as he is with an amped-up power trio, and as likely to bare his soul in his lyrics as he is to display some serious rock & roll swagger, Escovedo had already played an important role in punk (with the Nuns), roots rock (the True Believers), and alt-country (Rank & File) before he launched a solo career that’s seen him work with everyone from Tony Visconti, 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. With a career spanning half a century – and no plans for stopping anytime soon – Nunn is a proud ambassador for the state of Texas, singing about his love of everything Texas in dance halls around the state and on concert stages around the world. His extraordinary gifts as a prolific songwriter and performer have established Gary P. Nunn as an icon of Lone Star music and earned him the respect of his peers and the admiration of countless country music fans worldwide.
Radney Foster established himself as a solo artist in the early 90s with his critically acclaimed release Del Rio, Texas 1959. Foster has written eight number-one hit singles. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere 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) and his songs have sold 50 million copies worldwide. A friend and mentor to Texas musicians, he has written and produced songs for and with 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, Deryl Dodd, and many others. He produced the first three Randy Rogers Band albums, and they recently reunited to produce Homecoming.
Born in Gruver, Texas, Rodney Clawson left his farming career in Gruver to become a full-time songwriter. The work ethic created by farming helped him become a successful songwriter. Clawson co-wrote “Amarillo Sky” for Jason Aldean in addition to 24 other #1 songs. In 2008, he received the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year for George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” and has won BMI and NSAI’s Songwriter of the Year multiple times.
W.C. Clark was born into a musical family in Austin, Texas. His father played guitar and his grandmother, mother, and sisters all sang gospel in the church choir. “I had so much music in my soul,” Clark recalls, “all I had to do was pick up an instrument and play it. Clark eventually become the bass player in the Triple Threat Revue with Stevie Ray Vaughan. While playing in Triple Threat Revue, Clark, and keyboardist Kindred co-wrote Cold Shot, which became one of Vaughan’s biggest hits and earned W.C. his first platinum record. Clark went on to win several coveted W.C. Handy Blues Awards for his work. Clark is known as the Godfather of Austin Blues” for his influence on the Austin, Texas blues scene since the late 1960s.
Tickets are on sale now at acllive.com.
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