Celebrate Texas Country Music!

Carthage is the place to be this weekend for the 22nd Annual Classic Country Music Festival! Some of the best in Texas country music will be in town including Neal McCoy. It’s centered around the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. They’ve been celebrating the greatest contributors to the country music profession that are from the Lone Star State. The museum is over 13,000 square feet with spectacular displays from Hall of Fame inductees and tributes to musicians such as Tex Ritter. Find out more on their website. The museum will be open extended hours from 8:00 am-4:00 pm Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

8:00am – Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Gift Shop & Museum open

7:00pm – The Country Music Hayride Show at the Esquire Theater downtown Carthage, featuring local bands Dusty Boots and Southern Impact.. Admission $6. Tickets sold at Chamber office and the Hall of Fame prior to the show, and at the door.

Friday, August 9, 2019

8:00am – 4:00pm – Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Gift Shop & Museum open; FREE MUSEUM TOURS!

3:00pm – Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & Tex Ritter Fan Club meeting at the Hall of Fame. Hear annual report. Ask how you can be a member (Everyone Welcome–Membership Application)

6:00pm – Doors open for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase at the Carthage Civic Center. Tickets – $20 and are available at the door. Come vote for your favorite performer. Seats are not reserved.

7:00pm – TCMHOF John Ritter Tribute Showcase hosted by 2009 TCMHOF Inductee Linda Davis – 24 contestants vie for chance to represent the Hall of Fame as the museum’s ambassador for 2020.

  • Special guest performers include Holly Tucker, Billy Joe and the 2018 Winner Melissa Evans.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

8:00am – TCMHOF Gift Shop & Museum open (FREE TOURS); KGAS Radio “Tex Ritter Round-Up” with book signing featuring guest authors, live music by the Southern Impact Band, free museum tours, special guests, autographs. KGAS is sponsoring the County Music Showdown, a music competition with a top prize of $500. Contact KGAS Radio for more info at 903.693.7176, or on the day of the event at the TCMHOF, 903.694.9561.

Country Music Showdown Info
Showdown Entry Form

2:00pm – The Country Music Hayride Matinee at the Esquire Theater downtown Carthage featuring Southern Impact – Admission $5

4:00pm – Museum/Gift Shop closes

5:30pm – Doors open at the Carthage Civic Center

6:00pm – 22nd Annual TCMHOF Induction Ceremony and Show with Emcee Dallas Wayne, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band, Tony Booth, Amber Digby and special guests TCMHOF Inductees THE GATLIN BROTHERS!  Inducteees for 2019 are Jeannie C. Riley, Rodney Crowell and Claude Gray.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

8:00am – Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Gift Shop & Museum open – Come by and tell us Goodbye!

9:00-10:30am – Gospel at the Hall with special guests to be announced. No charge – everyone welcome!

Classic Country Music Festival

If you want to register for next year’s competition, click here.