MUSKOGEE — Country songwriter Chick Rains, Red Dirt music pioneer Bob Childers and the singers of the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame this fall. The induction ceremony and concert will be Oct. 8 at the Muskogee Civic Center. Childers will be inducted to the hall of fame posthumously. Also honored will be the prolific Cherokee National Youth Choir, which will receive the Governor's Award, and alt-pop hitmakers The All-American Rejects, which will receive the Rising Star Award. "I think it just again shows the world how diverse Oklahoma is, not only in its people but in its music,” Executive Director Beth Seim said. Oklahoma country music singer Wade Hayes, who took two of Rains' songs to No. 1, will perform the songwriter's work at the concert. Members of Oklahoma band the Red Dirt Rangers will play Childers' songs with backing from Tom Skinner and the Science Project. The Cherokee National Youth Choir will perform under the direction of Mary Kay Henderson. The All-American Rejects will close the show.
If you goVIP tickets cost $150 and include VIP parking, buffet reception and VIP seating on the arena floor. Gallery tickets range from $19 to $39. Tickets go on sale Aug. 25 and can be purchased by phone at (918) 687-0800 or at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 401 S Third in Muskogee.
AT A GLANCE
2008 honorees•Chick Rains: Rains, born and raised in Muskogee, will be inducted in the songwriters' category. His songs have been recorded by Roy Clark, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and others. His No. 1 hits include "Somebody Should Leave,” recorded by Reba McEntire; "One in a Million,” by Johnny Lee; and "Down to My Last Broken Heart,” by Janie Fricke. •Bob Childers: Known as the "godfather of Red Dirt music,” Childers, who died in April, also will be inducted in the songwriters' category. He attended Ponca City High School, started playing guitar at 16 and studied music in Berkeley, Calif. He played music all over Oklahoma, breaking onto the music scene in 1979 with his song "I Ain't No Jukebox.” Over the course of several albums, he helped combine country, rock and folk into what is now known as Red Dirt music.
Groups to receive special honors•Wichita & Affiliated Tribe: The Anadarko-based tribe will be inducted in the American Indian Tribal Music Traditions category. The tribe's singers are some of the earliest recording artists in the state's musical history, with recordings of Wichita music made as early as 1902. •Cherokee National Youth Choir: The choir performs traditional songs in the Cherokee language. It will receive the Governor's Award, which has been given only twice before. The award is for accomplishments in Oklahoma music. Founded in 2000, the Tahlequah-based choir has recorded six CDs with the goal of increasing awareness of Cherokee culture. •The All-American Rejects: The band will receive the Rising Star Award given annually to artists who have gained significant national notice. The band formed in Stillwater in 2001 and has recorded three CDs featuring the hits "Swing, Swing,” "Dirty Little Secret” and "Move Along.”