The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association announced its 2019 hall of fame inductees live from the stage at the inaugural Whiskey City Summer Fest event at Lawrenceburg Civic Park.
“The concert and new Civic Park stage were the perfect setting for this year’s announcements,” said Brian DeBruler, SEIMA board member/Sol Records, who was an organizer of the event with the city of Lawrenceburg and Lawrenceburg Main Street.
SEIMA was largely showcased at the event with emcee/host Jim Helms, a hall of fame member; official concert T-shirts; and a guitar giveaway signed by all the performing artists. Performances from Robin Lacy and Dezydeco, The Renegades and Pure Grain highlighted regional music alongside the headliner Delbert McClinton. Local musician Rick Giltner was the winner of the Alvarez acoustic/electric Whiskey City Summer Fest guitar.
The 2019 hall of fame inductees were announced by Helms and Brian Noble, SEIMA board and hall of fame member, between performances. “It was a great opportunity to increase community awareness and support of our organization,” said Noble.
The inductees are: educators William Switzer (posthumous induction), Gary Holdsworth and Patsy Holdsworth (posthumous induction); and musicians Eddie Heinzelman, Doug Heller, Russell Griffith, Brian DeBruler, Michelle DeBruler, David Lacey, Goose Ingles (posthumous induction) and Nick Ullrich.
The official induction and annual awards ceremony will be Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Gibson Theatre, Batesville. The awards show will feature live performances and a night of storytelling by inductees.
This year’s event will feature Nashville artist and hit songwriter Radney Foster. Foster’s career includes 13 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Charts and two Top Ten hits with “Just Call Me Lonesome,” 1992, and “Nobody Wins,” 1993. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish and Jack Ingram. Foster’s longtime sideman and guitarist Eddie Heinzelman, a 2019 Franklin County inductee, will be performing with him.
In addition to its annual hall of fame inductions promoting the area’s rich musical heritage, SEIMA has launched a new scholarship fund for high school seniors looking to further a career in music that will be first awarded in 2020. Proceeds from the event go to the scholarship fund and continued efforts to promote local music awareness, local music appreciation and music education efforts for the future of local music.
For more information on the SEIMA, please visit www.seimusic.org.