For Immediate Release

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2010 Inductions

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced the names of this year’s inductees. The
ceremony will take place October 7 in Kannapolis.

Performing Artists

Maurice Williams, Recording artist, Charlotte
Andy Griffith, Gospel recording artist, Mt. Airy/Wilmington
Donna Fargo, Country recording artist, Mt. Airy
Arthur Smith, Country composer, performer, producer, Charlotte
George Hamilton IV, Country recording artist, Winston-Salem
Doc Watson, Country/Bluegrass vocalist, musician, Deep Gap/N. Wilkesboro
Curly Seckler, Bluegrass vocalist and musician, China Grove
Dr. Billy Taylor, jazz pianist, composer, Greenville
Shirley Caesar, Gospel recording artist, Durham

Performing Artist (Deceased)

Don Gibson, Country recording artist & composer, Shelby
Les Brown, Big Band leader, Durham
Oliver, (William Oliver Swofford), Recording artist, N. Wilkesboro

Non-Performing Artists

Don Schlitz, Composer, guitarist and soloist, Durham

The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, October 7, 2010 in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building in Kannapolis, NC and will be open to the public. The evening will include a reception, dinner and induction ceremony with a variety of entertainment. Tickets go on sale September 1st at the museum.

For more information contact:

Eddie Ray
Operations Director/Vice Chair
704-932-2320  (Museum)
703-346-6241 (Mobile)

Bill Kopald
(336) 299-2520 (Office)
(336) 337-2521 (Mobile)



North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum Open To Public

Kannapolis, NC–August 25, 2009–It’s taken almost a decade, but the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum has finally opened its doors in Kannapolis, North Carolina and the response has been astounding.

Located in what was once the old jail in historic the Cannon Village, the museum is now home to a growing collection of memorabilia and memories from some of North Carolina’s finest musicians, songwriters and entertainers ranging from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane to Andy Griffith, Randy Travis and Chairmen of the Board.

The renovation of the old building was a two year labor of love funded by the Curb Family Foundation and overseen personally by Mike Curb.  A former Lieutenant and acting Governor of California and owner of a successful music empire, Curb, credits his start in the business to Eddie Ray, who is on board as Operations Director of the museum.

Ray, a music pioneer and native of Franklin, North Carolina, has enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the entertainment business.  He will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this year.

Bill Kopald, Chairman of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, says the museum is a testament to determination and perseverance, “The need has been here for a long time and it’s wonderful to finally have a home to showcase memorabilia and give people the opportunity to learn about some of the incredible musicians that hail from North Carolina, the purpose of the museum is to entertain and educate”.

The museum is open free to the public from 10:00 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and on weekends by appointment.  The facility can also be rented for private parties and receptions.  A complete list of the 2009 inductees will be announced next month.

For additional information contact:

Eddie Ray Operation
Director/Vice Chairman NC Music Hall of Fame

Liz Cavanaugh
NC Music Hall of Fame