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!