The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is honoring The Gatlin Brothers with The 2016 Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award for their work on and off the stage. 2015 marked 60 years of entertaining for Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin in a career that has seen concert stages all over the world and their chart topping songs touch the lives of those from eight to eighty. Such chart toppers include: “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” and “Broken Lady.” In conjunction with their 60th Anniversary Celebration, the brothers are also releasing a new Gospel album, The Gospel According to Gatlin. Larry says, “Steve and Rudy and I didn’t get where we are by playing it safe. We have always pushed the envelope, we crossed borders others were afraid to cross and we’re not going to stop now…and that is the Gospel According to Gatlin.”
“One of my favorite memories is ’round about 30 years ago, when I got to be a Waggoner cowboy for a day. I’ll never forget it,” Larry Gatlin says. “I’m sure that I will never forget this night and the great honor that you real cowboys have bestowed on us sorta cowboys. Keep your powder dry.”
The Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award pays tribute to musician Rick Smith, whose music and recordings honored the Western culture that the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks to highlight.