2018 West Texas Walk of Fame induction ceremony to be held Wednesday

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The following is a news release from Civic Lubbock, Inc.: 

The Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board is pleased to announce the upcoming inductions into the West Texas Walk of Fame for 2018. The honorees are: Josh Abbott, Donnie Allison, Bob Livingston and Garland A. Weeks. The induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater located at 1501 Mac Davis Lane.

Singer/songwriter Josh Abbott was raised in Idalou, Texas. He attended South Plains College and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Communications in 2005. Josh began writing songs in 2004, but he actually picked up the guitar a few years earlier to strum along with his favorite Pat Green songs. In 2006, while pursuing his Masters at Texas Tech, he formed the Josh Abbot Band. In 2007, the first demo, “Taste” was recorded and he, along with his band, began touring around Texas in 2008. A decade later, with millions of records sold, success on the regional and national charts and six albums to his credit, lead singer/acoustic guitarist Josh Abbott has become one of the biggest household names in Texas country history. In 2011, the Josh Abbot Band won Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year at the Texas Regional Music Radio Awards. The 2015 album Front Row Seat debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart following its release. While he still tours extensively in Texas, he has also performed in venues on the West Coast as well as New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas Nebraska and Illinois.

Vocalist and musician Donnie Allison was born March 26, 1962 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He and his family moved to Lubbock in 1970. Donnie attended Coronado High School and Texas Tech University and was a graduate of South Plain College. Donnie is best remembered publicly for his legacy of writing and performing music. He began his early career performing in various local venues with the band Impeccable. He later joined the band, The Nelsons, as their lead singer. The Nelsons won the MTV Basement Tapes Competition, receiving national notoriety with a song Donnie composed entitled “I Don’t Mind.” The video can still be seen on youtube.com. After seven years with The Nelsons, Donnie became the lead singer for the P.J. Belly Blues Band. He also starred in the Texas Tech Summer Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Donnie became an integral member of the Cactus Theatre productions, providing many memorable performances between 1996 and 2011, one of which was playing the title role in Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story. Donnie also created the beloved doo-wop group, The JD’s. On May 24, 2011, he lost his four-year battle with cancer. Donnie Allison will be inducted posthumously during the 2018 Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony. His wife, Stephanie, will be accepting the honor on his behalf.

Singer/songwriter and musician Bob Livingston was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He began sharpening his skills as a guitarist and singer while attending Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. By the mid1960’s, Bob was active on the Lubbock music scene along with several other Texas music artists such as Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Terry Allen. Bob left Lubbock for a few years, but then moved to Austin in the early 1970’s where he eventually became a founding member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band. Bob has performed and recorded with musical visionaries such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphy, Ray Wiley Hubbard and many others. He has gained a reputation as a band leader, solo artist, session musician and sideman in folk, Americana and country music. Bob has recorded and toured for over 47 years and is one of the most experienced and world-traveled musicians in all of Texas music. Traveling since the 1980’s as a Music Ambassador for the US State Department, Bob has taken Texas music as far afield as 3 India, South Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. As a solo artist, Bob has recorded ten albums/CD’s and has a long list of recording credits with the Lost Gonzo Band, Jerry Jeff Walker and many other artists. His 2011 CD, Gypsy Alibi won the Album of the Year at the Texas Music Awards. In January of 2016, Bob was inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame. His latest CD, Up the Flatland Stairs, was released earlier this year.

Sculptor Garland A. Weeks was born in Amarillo and raised in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Texas Tech University and is a long time resident of Lubbock. As a world-renowned sculptor whose sculptures have been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally, Garland is considered one of the nation’s most acclaimed contemporary figurative sculptors. While he has spent 45 years creating art based on his observations of Mother Nature’s native wildlife, insects, pets and livestock, he is best known for and always returns to the human figure as his personal touchstone. Garland was able to realize two of his professional sculpting goals by being elected to full membership in the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Western Art in 1990. He was also selected as the Official Sculptor of Texas in 1995 by the Texas State Legislature and was advanced to the status of Fellow by the National Sculpture Society in 2004. Included among his many commissions is a life-size monument of Old Yeller to memorialize the classic book’s author, Fred Gipson which is located in Gipson’s hometown of Mason, TX; a life-size monument at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, KS to memorialize astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to step off the face of the moon; a life-size Revolutionary War memorial honoring General Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox) in Moncks Corner, SC as well as on the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence, SC;, a life-size portrait of U.S. Army General Adna R. Chaffee at Fort Chaffee, AR; a portrait sculpted in high relief of former Texas Governor Preston Smith for the Lubbock International Airport; and the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial honoring first responders located in Leroy Elmore Park.

West Texas Walk of Fame In the late 70s, Larry Corbin, Jerry Coleman, and Waylon Jennings initiated the idea of an award for famous artists and musicians from the West Texas region. The first inductees were Buddy Holly in 1979 and Waylon Jennings in 1980. In 1983, Civic Lubbock, Inc. began their tenure as administrators of the “Walk of Fame” with the induction of Mac Davis. The West Texas Walk of Fame honors those individuals with a strong connection to Lubbock and the West Texas area who have devoted a significant part of their lives to the development and production of the performing and visual arts and whose body of work has been influential nationally in one or more of these areas.

(News release from Civic Lubbock, Inc.)

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