Hall of Fame

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Kelly Hanshaw

Life Time Member

Kelly is a daily winner on the 1988 airing of Nashville’s “You Can Be a Star.” Kelly won Honorable Mention from the 1989 Music City Song Festival in the Vocal Division - Country Category, for her original song “Just Once.” Kelly also won Honorable Mention from the 1989 Music City Song Festival in the Novice Song Division - Country Category for her original song, “Just Once.” Kelly garnered the nomination for "Vocal Duo/Group of The Year" by the Academy of Texas Music and the 2008 Texas Music Awards. Her 2012 single release "If You Leave It To Me," (written by Saylor White) was licensed to the Dickey's BBQ restaurant chain and added to the restaurant’s in-house play list for all 250 locations nationwide.

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Gary Taylor

Life Time Member

Gary is the 2004 Academy of Texas Music winner of the "My Texan" Award, and the 2005 winner of the “Woody Guthrie Award.” Gary was also nominated by the Academy of Texas Music for "Vocal Duo of the Year" with his partner TC Smythe. TC and Gary were also the nominee for "Song of the Year." Gary was named the nominee for "Songwriter of the Year" by the 2009 Academy of Texas Music. TC and Gary were the winners of the 2009 Academy of Texas Music "Vocal Duo of the Year." They also won the 2013 Academy of Texas Music "Popular Song of the Year" Award.

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TC Smythe

Life Time Member

TC Smythe is the winner of the 1999 “Folk Song of the Year Award” by American Songwriter Magazine for her song “The Ballad of Wanda Vista.” She was named "Songwriter of the Year" by the Houston Acoustic Jammies. TC Smythe is also the winner of the 1999 "Best Original Song Award" from American Songwriter Magazine and also won in the same year the award for “Best Lyrics” https://americansongwriter.com/. The Academy of Texas Music nominated her for "2006 Songwriter of the Year", then they nominated TC for “2006 Female Vocalist of the Year!"

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David Hanshaw

Life Time Member

David is a daily winner on the 1988 airing of Nashville’s “You Can Be a Star.” David was also nominated along with Kelly Hanshaw for "Vocal Duo/Group of The Year" by the Academy of Texas Music and the 2008 Texas Music Awards. David’s original song, "Robbin' Trains," charted on the Roots Music Report in the Pop Country category and also in the Roots "Texas" category. David's original song, Take Me Down To the Water was a Top Finalist in the Ronnie Milsap Country Cut contest sponsored by American Songwriter Magazine. The song was also a top finalist in the Music City Song Writing Competition for the Nashville Visitors Bureau and was cut by Tony Douglas receiving heavy air play on regional Texas radio.

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Brian Kalinec

Former Member

Brian has won the Songwriter Serenade in Texas, the Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin and took second place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, second place honors in the 2012 CT Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, nominated for the 2013 Texas Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year Award for the second time, a finalist in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and a southwest regional finalist in the prestigious 2013 Mountain Stage New Song Contest.