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Annual Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremonies & Show May 21

The newest members of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame will be announced during the annual Hall of Fame Ceremonies & Show, to be held at Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Rd. in Augusta, Sat., May 21.

This year's induction and show begins at 1 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 and are available at the door. Tickets for show and the noon dinner are $25. Reservations for dinner must be made by May 11.

The show features personal performances by a number of hall of fame members, as well as from the four nominees selected by the induction committee.

This year, five Maine country music personalities have been nominated for induction. Following a very extensive nominating process, members from Maine's five country and bluegrass organizations, and Hall of Fame members themselves cast their ballots for the new inductee(s).

The 2011 nominees include the late Larry Dean of Caribou, a legend in country music from the Aroostook County area for many years, who died in 2005 at the age of 78.

Perley Curtis, formerly of St. Albans and now a resident of Galitin, Tenn. Curtis is an accomplished musician and has played steel guitar for a number of Nashville stars including Loretta Lynn for several years. He is married to Nashville recording artist, Erin Hay.

Dick Philbrook, Belmont based singer, bandleader and leader of the well know Frye Mountain Band; a household name in the Midcoast area for many years.

Bluegrass bass player and singer Dick Pelletier of Fayette, one of the founders of the Blistered Fingers group, and, since 1985, producer of his own Musicale USA Bluegrass Pickin' Party.

Rounding out the list of nominees is nationally known, Merle Record of Oxford. Record is one of the leading steel guitar players from Maine to Texas, as well as a member of the classic Record Family Band, along with his brother, Hall of Famer Elton Record.

The entire day's events will be dedicated to Maine's oldest living member of the hall of fame, Deak Hamilton of Falmouth, who celebrated his 100th birthday on March 7. Hamilton is an accomplished banjo player who was a great part of the country music scene for many years, going back to the 20s and 30s with Uncle Lem & the Mountain Boys on radio stations WCSH and WGAN in Portland. He also played with the legendary Katahdin Mountaineers with Hall of Famer Don Doane Sr. from the 40s through the 80s.

For more information or reservations and tickets in advance, please contact Slim Andrews, Induction Committee Chairman, or Carole Ann Huntington, Show Committee Producer at (207) 795-1119.

Induction Committee members: Slim Andrews, Chairman, Sonny Bickford, Bing Crosby, Bob Elston, Ginger Mae, Jackie King and Rusty Rogers.

The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978. Ken MacKenzie, Hal Lone Pine and Dick Curless were the first three inductees.





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