Country Legend, Connie Smith To Release CD On Tuesday

This appeared in The Huntington Herald-Dispatch - August 21, 2011

Long acclaimed as one of the greatest singers in the history of the genre, Connie Smith, who is being inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on October 15, will release Long Line of Heartaches on August 23 on Sugar Hill Records. It is her first full album of new material since 1998 (and only her second since 1978) is an event in the making.

Smith will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in October along with Kathy Mattea, Jack Rollins (who wrote “Frosty the Snowman”), Butch Miles, Billy Cox, Tommy Thompson and Huntington native Diamond Teeth Mary Smith McClain.

Connie Smith’s title track to her new album was co-written with her husband, Marty Stuart. She has also been selected as the artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville for 2011.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s 2011 Induction Ceremony will be Saturday, October 15, at the Culture Center Theater. Huntington native Peter Marshall, the 85-year-old actor, singer and five-time Emmy Award winning host of the popular TV game show "Hollywood Squares" will co-emcee the event with director Morgan Spurlock, best known for his work on "Super Size Me."

The 2011 inductees are Kathy Mattea, Billy Cox, Connie Smith, Butch Miles, Diamond Teeth Mary, Jack Rollins and Tommy Thompson. Mattea, Cox, Smith and Miles will be present to accept their awards. Tommy Thompson’s former band, The Red Clay Ramblers, will be one of the performers.

Other presenters and performers are yet to be announced. Tickets are $45. "Preferred Tickets" are $250 each and include admittance to the governor's reception before the event.

Tickets are available through the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame website ( and by calling 304-342-4412.

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