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R.W. Hampton and Vaughn Monroe Honored with 2011 Western Music Association Hall of Fame Recognition!
(NASHVILLE, TN – October 21, 2011) The Western Music Association has announced its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees, R.W. Hampton and Vaughn Monroe. The 2011 WMA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 19, during the WMA Awards Show at the Historic KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
R. W. Hampton is one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. Blessed with a rich baritone voice, Hampton has a quality of genuineness about him that resonates when he’s on stage, in person or just through the words of his songs. For Hampton has lived what he sings about, and the world of early mornings, hard work, rough horses, maverick cattle and new ranges fits him.
Hampton has thirteen albums to his credit. His peers in the Western entertainment industry have honored Hampton’s performing and songwriting fourteen times, most recently with a 2011 Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center in the Outstanding Original Western Composition category for his song, Shortgrass, from his most recent CD, Austin To Boston. Hampton is also a talented actor, having made over a dozen film and television appearances, and an acclaimed playwright, winning a National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award for the soundtrack of his one man play, The Last Cowboy – His Journey.
“The West – its culture and especially its music – is known the world over as being distinctly and uniquely American. When I think of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame and the long list of greats that have gone before me, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude and humility to be included in their shadow,” said Hampton of his upcoming induction.
Hampton lives with his wife and their family on their Clearview Ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains south of Cimarron, New Mexico. When he’s not headlining cowboy concerts and western music events across the nation, Hampton spends most of his time at the ranch doing the work he loves. His life is guided by his faith, his love for his family, and his desire to share cowboy life with his audiences.
Vaughn Monroe was a baritone singer, band leader and actor who recorded the best-selling version of Stan Jones’ cowboy classic, “Riders in the Sky,” in 1949.
Founded in 1989, the Western Music Association is an organization that encourages and supports the preservation, performance and composition of historic, traditional and contemporary music of The American West. The WMA Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor those individuals or groups of individuals who have made significant contributions in the area of Western Music composition, performance and history.
More can be learned about R.W. Hampton at his website. For preapproved images, bio, music, a selection of reviews and articles, and further material about R.W. Hampton, Austin To Boston, his eleven other albums and his fourteen music industry awards, please visit Hampton’s online electronic press kit.