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Texas Legends Join Hall of Fame

Waylon Jennings and Buck Owens to join Texas Songwriters' Hall of Fame, legendary tributes planned

Waylon Jennings
A tribute to Waylon Jennings will include performances by Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Waylon Jennings/Facebook
Buck Owens
Buck Owens will be honored by Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association in June. Photo courtesy of Continental Club

Each year, the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association honors troubadours who have left a mark on the Texas music industry — from homegrown Austin heroes to Nashville-based legends — by inducting them into its Hall of Fame. And this year, the organization is bringing out the big guns with some deserving inductees of legendary status.

The 2014 honorees, announced on Wednesday, are Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens and K.T. Oslin. Grammy Award-winning artist Oslin, will perform at the program, while Waylon Jennings and Buck Owens — both being inducted posthumously — will be honored with performances by some of country music's biggest icons.

In what's sure to be an intimate, touching tribute, Jessi Colter, Jennings' wife and longtime singing partner, will perform alongside their son, singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings. Kris Kristofferson, a previous inductee (and part of The Highwaymen super group with Jennings, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson) will also pay tribute to the country outlaw.

As a tribute to Buck Owens, king of the Bakersfield sound, Bonnie Bishop and Lee Roy Parnell will perform, backed by a star-studded house band. Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings and K.T. Oslin join the esteemed ranks of Hall of Fame members that include 2013 inductees Roger Miller, Sonny Curtis and Ronnie Dunn.

The ninth annual event will be held on June 22 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. The awards show will close out a weekend-long "homecoming" celebration featuring a host of Texas songwriters. Tickets to the event go on sale April 15.

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