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Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame celebrates 2013 inductees with a night of music at ACL Live

ACL Live buzzed Sunday night with the sounds of some of Texas' most influential songwriters, as the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association celebrated its 2013 inductees.

Red Steagall, the Official Cowboy Poet of Texas, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which honored songwriters Sonny Curtis, Ronnie Dunn and the late Roger Miller.

Jack Ingram warmed up the crowd with a lighthearted homage to the Texas songwriters who paved away for his modern country music.

The crowd was also treated to a rare solo set from Sonny Curtis (of The Crickets), whose induction into the Hall of Fame was recognized with a touching video clip from none other than Paul McCartney.

Toby Keith performed an intimate set honoring the late Roger Miller with a medley of Miller's tunes and beloved one liners. Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn closed out the evening as the final inductee.

The awards program also featured a tribute to Coach Darrell K Royal, widely recognized as one of the largest proponents of Texas songwriters. Long time friend, singer Larry Gatlin, sang the song he wrote for Royal's funeral, a fitting tune that ended with "The Eyes of Texas."


Ronnie Dunn closes out the night at the 2013 Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame Awards Show.


Judy and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and previous Hall of Fame inductee Gary Nicholson.

Martha Davis and Sonny Curtis’ daughter, Sarah Curtis-Graziano.

Jennifer Sutton, previous Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Barker, and Claire Yeakel.

Sharon Burke and Sherry Pie.

Jillien, Charlie Hill, and Emily and Brad Dunn.

Jack Ingram performing.

Trannie Stevens.

 Toby Keith performs in honor of the late Roger Miller.

Scotty Emerick snaps along with Toby Keith while performing Roger Miller’s song, "King of the Road."

The night’s first Hall of Fame inductee, Sonny Curtis, performs several songs before accepting his award.

Bruce Goodman watches a video memorializing the night’s second Hall of Fame inductee, Roger Miller.

Previous Hall of Fame inductee and emcee Red Steagall speaks during a tribute to Darrell K Royal.

Larry Gatlin performs during a tribute to Darrell K Royal.

Bud Shivers accepts the award on behalf of his late wife Robin.

 Ronnie Dunn speaks about how much the award means to him.

Ronnie Dunn.