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Starr-Gennett Foundation 2009 Music Festival
September 11-12 in Richmond, Indiana

Posted September 1, 2009

Gene Autry fans in Indiana may want to visit Richmond, IN on September 11th and 12th for the Starr-Gennett Foundation 2009 Music Festival. Gene Autry will be inducted into the Starr-Gennett Walk of Fame. Author Holly George-Warren will have talks about Gene's connection to Starr-Gennett and book signings. In addition there will be a Don Edwards concert, and you can count on him to sing a Gene Autry song or two!

Markers, like Gene Autry's pictured here, are three-dimensional, cast bronze and colored tile mosaic emblems in the form of 78 rpm phonograph records. Each medallion features the classic Gennett label design and an artistic mosaic rendering of the represented musician. A smaller, bronze plaque is installed next to each record to recognize the accomplishments of the inductee(s). The Foundation estimates the Walk of Fame eventually will contain up to 80 markers.

Below is the Starr-Gannett Foundation's press release on this special event.

Autry Foundation sends Noted Author to the Walk of Fame Festival

On behalf of Mrs. Jackie Autry who cannot attend this year's Festival that features tributes to Gene Autry, the Autry Foundation will provide Holly George Warren, an award winning writer, editor, producer and movie consultant to events for the Walk of Fame. Her credentials are impressive as are her books, reports co-chair Karen Montgomery. Her schedule will enable many at the Fall Festivals on September 12 to meet her, hear about Gene Autry and her book Public Cowboy #1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry and her many other books:

Friday, September 11

Time Activity
2:30 – 3:00 Hastings Books & Music – 4601 National Road East
Book Signing
4:00 – 4:30 Young Authors Conference – Featured Speaker
4th Floor Blues Club.
For all Wayne County students gr. 3-8 by registration
5:30 – 6:00 Gene Autry Slide Show presentation – The Leland Residence, 900 South A, St. Richmond

TRIBUTE CONCERT: Don Edwards, America's current #1 cowboy singer, will be joining Holly George Warren, the official biographer of Gene Autry, to acknowledge the brilliant career of Gene Autry. Edwards song tribute to Gene Autry on Friday, September 11 is also in the Leland Residence Ballroom for the public. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Concert 6:00 – 6:40 pm

Saturday, September 12

Time Activity
12:30 Readmore – Book Signing – Richmond Art and Music Festival – Main Street; Q & A with Holly George Warren
2:00 Gennett Mansion – Short Gene Autry slide show/talk and tour
Holly George Warren (small admission fee)
4:00 INDUCTION CEREMONY – Walk of Fame – Gorge Park, South 1st St. by Main St. Bridge; GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009: Gene Autry

Legacy Concert in the Pavilion

Time Activity
6:30 Stoneman Sisters
7:30 Warren is introducing the man who follows in Gene Autry's footsteps: Don Edwards

The Richmond Hastings store reported that Warren's book Grateful Dead 365 is their top seller by this author. Hastings will have Warren's books at the Leland Friday and in the Gorge Park Pavilion for the Music Festival.

Some of her other books include:

  • Cowboy: How Hollywood Invented the Wild West
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll – Children and all ages
  • How the West Was Worn
  • Honky Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music – Children and all ages. This book was purchased for all Wayne County elementary and middle schools by the C.A.P.E. grant
  • Musicians in Tune: 75 Contemporary Musicians Discuss the Creative Process
  • and – not surprising with these accomplishments, The Working Woman's Guide to Managing Stress.

George-Warren received a Grammy nomination (for Best Historical Recording) in 2001 for co-producing Rhino's five-CD box set, R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music. She also co-produced the three-CD set The Rolling Stone Women in Rock Collection (Razor & Tie) and a series of CDs with the Lifetime network. In addition, she serves as an archivist/curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, and a curator for the GRAMMY Museum. Warren has many other achievements and indeed is a most remarkable author and woman.

The Autry Foundation will also provide free to the Festival two Autry movies: South of the Border at dark Friday and Mule Train, at dark Saturday. These movies will be outdoors on the big screen weather permitting or inside the Pavilion at 8:30. Lawn chairs welcome! Peanuts courtesy of Texas Roadhouse.

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