Saturday, June 21
In June of 2014, we will host our annual Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Awards Show. This weekend-long celebration brings those songwriters who represent the spirit of Texas into the spotlight for a unique ceremony and inducts them into the TxHSA Hall of Fame.
Souther is probably best known for his well-honed songwriting abilities, especially in the field of country rock. He co-wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, including “Best of My Love“, “Victim of Love“, “Heartache Tonight“, and “New Kid in Town“. “How Long“, which appears on the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden, was written by Souther and originally recorded on his first solo album in 1972.
He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, the Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with the Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.
The following year, his band played London, where he met punk rock group the Clash. Impressed with each other’s performances, the two bands later toured together, including appearances in Ely’s hometown of Lubbock, as well as Laredo and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. Ely sang backing vocals on the Clash single “Should I Stay or Should I Go?“. Joe Strummer planned to record with Ely’s band, but died before that ever happened—one of Ely’s greatest regrets. Another collaboration was with Dutch flamenco guitarist Teye, with whom he recorded Letter to Laredo (1995) and Twistin’ in the Wind (1998).
Throughout his career, Ely has issued a steady stream of albums, most on the MCA label, and a live album roughly every ten years.
Will Jennings is an American songwriter, who is popularly known for writing the lyrics for “My Heart Will Go On“, the theme for the film Titanic. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and has won several awards including three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards.
Throughout his career, Jennings has written for a wide variety of artists including Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Sample, Rodney Crowell, Mariah Carey,Jimmy Buffett, Barry Manilow and Roy Orbison.
With Steve Winwood, Jennings wrote a series albums including, Arc of a Diver, Talking Back to the Night and Back in the High Life, an album which contained the hits “Higher Love“, “The Finer Things“, and “Back in the High Life Again“. Winwood won the Record Of The Year and Outstanding Male Vocal Performance. Both Jennings and Winwood were nominated for the Song of the Year award for “Higher Love.”
Roy Orbison was an Americansinger-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including “Only the Lonely“, “Crying“, and “Oh, Pretty Woman“. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but was revived by several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” inDavid Lynch‘s film Blue Velvet (1986).
Founded in 2005 by 6th-generation Texan Terry Boothe, the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating songwriters who have played an important role in defining and interpreting Texas’ distinct culture.
Since 2006, the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Association (TxHSA) has produced an annual Hall of Fame Awards Show, which takes place in conjunction with Texas Independence Day to further honor the spirit of the Lone Star State. In addition to serving as the induction ceremony for that year’s honorees, the Hall of Fame Awards Show has evolved into a sell-out concert featuring acts by the inductees themselves and special guests who perform in their honor.
Since the beginning, TxHSA has been involved with both the Center for Texas Music History and the Southwestern Writer’s Collection at Texas State University in supporting young songwriters and further protecting the State’s musical heritage. The association also regularly donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations that support Texas musicians and songwriters, such as the Health Alliance for Austin’s Musicians, which provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.