Local Country Musician Reflects on Texas Hall of Fame Closure

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

After more than 30 years of country music and plenty of memories, the Texas Hall of Fame is shutting down. The closing of the local landmark comes nearly 13 months after the death of its original owner Johnny Lyon.

It is a place that for the last 33 years has churned out some of the best names in Texas Country: Roger Creager, Pat Green, and Kevin Fowler to name a few.

“The Texas Hall of Fame is like a musical landmark in Aggieland,” explained local country musician Josh Spivey.

But more importantly, for many people it became an entertainment refuge with a wooden floor ready for anyone to kick back and boot scoot.

“Growing up this was the place to be, I grew up around Jewett,Texas, and on the weekends we would load up and come over here because any time you come to the Texas Hall of Fame there was always a phenomenal band playing,” said Spivey.

Thursday it officially closed its doors. Owners couldn't be reached Friday, but The Hall's website broke the news, stating it was protecting the legacy of former owner Johnny Lyon. It goes on to say the news of the planned closure was spread inappropriately outside the management team and concerns grew as to the potential liability and risks associated with a possible dramatic end to this legendary establishment.

The sudden closing came as a shock to many people, including Josh Spivey of the Six String Boys, a band that has been making a name right here in College Station.

"It just blows my mind...I didn't even see this coming," said Spivey.

He says he's been in talks with management and was getting ready to hit the stage in the coming months.

"It's like a dream to play here just to even have the opportunity to be on the same stage that so many big name country stars have been on, it just kind of bums people out now that's not going to be an option anymore now that they have shut the doors permanently,” explained Spivey.

While the last dance is officially over--the memories will always carry on a lifetime.

Lyon, a Texas singer, died in November of last year at his Bryan home after battling lung cancer for nearly a year. He is survived by his wife, Suzy Joseph, and two daughters.

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