MUSKOGEE — Just before rocking the Muskogee Civic Center, the All-American Rejects received the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s 2008 Rising Star award Wednesday, joining other inductees in a celebration of the past, present and future of Oklahoma music. "It’s a complete honor. It feels a little like we haven’t accomplished enough, but it is the ‘Rising Star,’” singer Tyson Ritter said at a news conference prior to the induction ceremony. "So it’s like the hall of fame is investing in us. So I hope we don’t let them down. And hopefully, we continue to rise.” Previous Rising Star recipients include Carrie Underwood, Keith Anderson and last year’s honoree, the Oklahoma City rock band Hinder.Comments
Other artists honoredAlso inducted to the hall Wednesday were country songwriter Chick Rains, the late Bob Childers, the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes and the Cherokee National Youth Choir. Childers, who died in April at age 61, was widely considered one of the definitive artists of Stillwater’s "red dirt” music scene. He earned the nickname "Dylan of the dust” for his evocative story songs on discs such as "Nothin’ More Natural” and "Hat Trick.” A fixture at Okemah’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Childers was a major influence on the Red Dirt Rangers, which shared induction duties with another Childers friend, Tom Skinner. A native of Muskogee, Rains co-wrote two country hits with Bethel Acres native Wade Hayes. Rains’ songwriting success dates to the ’70s and ’80s when such stars as Eddy Arnold ("I Wish That I’d Loved You Better”), the Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Lee and Reba McEntire recorded his material. Also honored were the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes for their contributions to American Indian music, which was chronicled on Smithsonian recordings in the 1900s through the 1950s. Their music still is performed at tribal events. The Cherokee National Youth Choir, a nationally recognized gospel choir that has performed at the White House and at the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, also received honors for its award-winning recordings.
New release on its wayOriginally from Stillwater, the All-American Rejects first reached national recognition in 2002 with the band’s first single, "Swing, Swing.” The band’s third disc, "When the World Comes Down,” hits stores Dec. 16.