From the press release detailing the induction ceremony:
“Kentucky music’s finest were honored at the 2013 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom on Friday evening, April 12, to a sold-out crowd. The event, sponsored by Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center and UK HealthCare, recognized the accomplishments of Exile, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Hilltoppers, Skeeter Davis, Old Joe Clark, Emory & Linda Martin, Halfway to Hazard, Josh Bleidt and Steven Curtis Chapman. To view additional photos from the event, or for more information on the 2013 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, please visit: www.kentuckymusicmuseum.com.
The highlights of the evening included: a chorale tribute to the Hilltoppers by the Western Kentucky University RedShirts; a tearful remembrance of Skeeter Davis by brother James Penick and his wife, Peggy; and powerful performances by Exile and The Kentucky Headhunters.
Exile, who closed the show, expressed their deepest gratitude to all the previous members of their group, including the great Jimmy Stokley, who was recognized posthumously. Kim Owens, Jimmy Stokley’s cousin, accepted the award on Stokley’s behalf.
“It’s such a great honor and such a highlight to be recognized,” expressed a humble Les Taylor, lead singer of the group Exile. “But it’s even more of a highlight to join our friends, The Kentucky Headhunters, Richard Young and the boys, in this honor.” This year, Exile celebrates their 50th year.
Kentucky, which is known as the “Bluegrass State,” is rich in its musical heritage across all genres including pop, rock, country, Gospel and folk. Since its founding in 2002, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame has inducted over 40 of Kentucky’s most notable musicians including Dwight Yoakam, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, John Conlee, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Florence Henderson, Patty Loveless and Steve Wariner.”