Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame is back

Casey Clark and friends at Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame event in 1975.

In 1975, Lonnie Barron was inducted posthumously into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame. This photo from the event features Detroit fiddle player and bandleader Casey Clark in hat at right. Clark and Barron were friends during the 1950s, until Barron’s untimely death in 1957. Clark’s wife Mary holds a picture of Barron and an unidentified man holds a commemorative tablet. Courtesy Mary Clark. Source: Keith Cady

After a couple of years on hiatus, the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame is back in business!

According to the Ogemaw Voice, the MCMHOF is now owned by Mier-ly Entertainment Concepts based in West Branch. Randy and Sue Leiter (owners of the Michigan Gospel Association) have taken over the 40-plus years-old institution from Bill Auckerman. The concept was introduced by Saginaw musician Buzz Ryder four decades ago, and through the years it has presented honors to the likes of Casey Clark, Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy Work, Al Allen, Jack Scott, Ray Overholt, Rem Wall and his Green Valley Boys, Tommy Durden, May Hawks, Donah Hyland, Danny Richards, Eddie Jackson, and Arizona Weston.*

This Saturday, August 22, an awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. during the Ogemaw County Fair, at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds. Retired guitarist and hall of fame member (since 2003) Buddy Ray of Flint reported that he will be there. Wonder who else will show up!

* If anyone knows of a complete list of inductees, I’d like to hear from you!

7 Comments to "Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame is back"

  • August 21, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I was very happy to see this story. I have been trying over the years to go to this museum. After many phone calls, emails, and even several visits I was never able to get a response or speak to a human being. Very disappointing!! Hopefully this will get better now. Perhaps the interest generated by your book book will give inspiration to new owners to run this Hall of Fame in the professional manner that it deserves. Also, I was very happy to see the photo of Casey and Mary attached to the story. Fond memories!!

    • August 21, 2015 at 7:54 am #

      Thanks, Gary. I have high hopes for the continuation of this hall of fame.

  • October 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    Anyone wanting to contact our new headquarters, which is located at 116 S. 3rd St
    West Branch Michigan 48661 ( we are in the building right beside the Post Office Suite #9.
    Our new phone number is 1-989-701-2496. Office hours will be noon to 5pm Mon – Fri. Call, or better yet, stop in and just say howdy. We’d love to here from you. Thank you!

    • October 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks for the update, Randy. Best of luck with the Hall of Fame.

  • dave morgan
    February 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    I played with most of these guys. I am in the book. I would like to visit when I am up that way.

  • Patrick Kane
    July 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi Randy and Sue: Still can’t believe I played music with your Dad 60 yrs ago and I’m still playing! Good luck. Pat Kane

  • Daniel Rhinier
    May 23, 2017 at 1:21 am #

    I read that Connie Dycus was inducted in 1997.

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