Multi-platinum selling country star Clay Walker will receive the prestigious ‘Rick Smith “Spirit of Texas Award”’ at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, January 15th in Fort Worth, Texas. Walker will join previous recipients including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Jay Novacek and Barry Corbin to receive the award which celebrates the uniqueness of Texas and Texans and is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Rick Smith, a music visionary who made a significant contribution to Western culture through his concerts, music and “Live at Billy Bob’s” recordings. Walker, who recently put the finishing touches on brand new music set for release this year, was chosen for the excellence he has shown on and off the stage in support of the rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas.
“I am thrilled and honored to be receiving this award,” said Walker. “It’s been given to George (Strait) and Willie (Nelson) – some of the music industry’s most respected musicians (and men) and it’s incredible to even be mentioned in their company. What a wonderful start to 2015!”
The Induction Ceremony is one of the premier events prior to the Fort Worth Stock Show and will be held at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum. Proceeds from the event benefit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum and its ongoing children’s education programs along with Western lifestyle preservation efforts.
Walker returns for his third season as the host of the wildly popular Trophy Hunters TV® for the 2015 season which is in full swing. Airing on the Outdoor Channel now, be sure to catch Walker Sundays at 2pm EST/ 1pm CST (check local listings) as he guides viewers through incredible hunts with some of the most trained hunters, including some of our Military’s Wounded Warriors and even Texas Tech Cheerleaders. The show blends compelling storytelling with exciting hunting action in a documentary-style format with Walker at the helm as an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Trophy Hunters TV on the Outdoor Channel airs on DirecTV Channel 606; Dish Network Channel 396 or check your local cable provider for additional listings. Catch Trophy Hunters TV 3 times a week: Sundays 2pm EST/ 1pm CST, Tuesdays 6pm EST/ 5pm CST and Fridays 9:30am EST / 8:30am CST.
Clay has been on the road all year impressing fans and critics alike performing some of his biggest hits and even several new songs including “Rock the Radio” and “Long Live the Cowboy,” which he debuted on SiriusXM’s newest on-air Country music channel Y2Kountry. As a true fan favorite with a devoted legion of followers across the country Clay Walker has sold over 11 million albums; had 11 No. 1 hit singles, four RIAA Platinum and two Gold certified albums, under his belt. His most recent ninth studio album She Won’t Be Lonely Long received critical praise from fans and media alike. Outside of the stage and studio, Walker is the founder of Band Against MS (BAMS) a non-profit charity that funds MS research and education. Walker established BAMS in 2003 with the goal of helping others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. To date, BAMS has raised more than 2 million dollars.