Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
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The newest members of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame are the band Restless Heart; songwriters and music industry executives Tim DuBois and Scott Hendricks; singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs; and steel guitarist Smiley Weaver, who played with Bob Wills and Johnnie Lee Wills. The group will be honored on Oct. 16 at a ceremony at the Muskogee Civic Center.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is returning to its Muskogee roots where the event began and where the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is based.
“This is an exciting class, and we’re excited to bring it back to Muskogee, ” said Jim Blair, executive director of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Tickets to the Oct. 16 induction concert are $20-$40, and go on sale Aug. 1 for Music Hall of Fame members and on Aug. 8 for the general public. VIP tickets are also available for $125 and include an opening reception.
Along with the induction ceremony, there will be a concert featuring performances by Becky Hobbs and Restless Heart.
The past couple of inductions have taken place in locations long associated with that event’s honorees. Last November, at Cain’s Ballroom, the hall welcomed several musicians associated with the Tulsa Sound, including the late JJ Cale.
In March, the induction ceremony and concert took place in Bristow, the hometown of several of the Oklahoma musicians being honored. The event took place at Bristow’s new Freeland Center.
Tuesday’s announcement was somewhat somber, following the death Sunday of Red Dirt pioneer Tom Skinner, who was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in his native Bristow in March.
“He’s one of those guys you never heard a bad thing about, ” said Blair, who added he played occasionally with the musician who was always welcoming and generous to fellow artists.
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame honors artists who have made significant contributions to their musical genre. The October honorees are being recognized for their impact on country music.
Restless Heart — John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis and Larry Stewart — has racked up more than 25 hit singles, six at No. 1, along with several industry awards since forming in 1984.
Innis grew up in Bartlesville and studied piano at the University of Tulsa. Gregg grew up in Altus and attended school in Okmulgee. Jennings attended Oklahoma State University with Hendricks and DuBois, who would be integral to the group’s success.
Tim DuBois grew up in Grove and earned an accounting degree from OSU. He was working as an accountant and writing songs on the side when he moved to Nashville. He eventually left accounting behind to work in the music industry full time, writing music and managing artists. One of his first clients was fellow Oklahoman Vince Gill, with whom he wrote “When I Call Your Name.”
He also has written songs for Alabama, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Conway Twitty and other greats.
He got into the business side of the industry when he started Arista Nashville in 1989 with Clive Davis. Arista, now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, has represented a long list of country stars, including Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, The Tractors among others.
Scott Hendricks was one of the co-producers on Restless Heart’s debut album and has since produced albums for Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill and Blake Shelton. During the 1990s, he co-produced more than 30 No. 1 country hits.
He became the CEO of Capitol Records Nashville in the mid-1990s and later headed a Nashville division of Virgin Records. In 2007, he signed on as the head of Warner Bros. artists and repertoire department in Nashville.
His work has taken 15 musicians to the top 10, and 10 of those went to No. 1 on the charts.
Becky Hobbs started writing songs as a girl growing up in Bartlesville. She attended TU and toured with a few rock and Southern rock bands before settling in Nashville and adopting a decidedly country sound. Her songwriting also brought her fame attracted interest from several artists.
Hobbs was one of the creators of the musical “Nanyehi: The Story of Nancy Ward, ” which tells the story of her fifth-great-grandmother who lived in the 1770s and served as a negotiator and ambassador for the Cherokee people in Tennessee. The musical made its Tulsa debut last year and is scheduled to return in November.
Smiley Weaver will receive the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s Eldon Shamblin Sideman Award. Weaver was born in Centrahoma in 1931. He learned the steel guitar as a boy and was 15 when he first played with Johnnie Lee Wills. Weaver also played with Bob Wills band for several years.