Country singer Allen Hurt and his band — the Mountain Showmen — will perform a free show at the Gatesville Civic Center at 7 p.m. May 17.

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GATESVILLE — Country singer Allen Hurt and his band — the Mountain Showmen — will perform at the Gatesville Civic Center at 7 p.m. May 17.

The concert is sponsored by the Texas Music Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization in Gatesville.

“The musicians are performing for free,” said Roger Vierse, director of the organization, “but CDs of their music will be available at the show.”

Buying a music CD, Vierse said, “lets you take them home without having to feed them.”

A native of Sherman, Hurt started singing and playing guitar at the age of 10 with his “mentor,” country legend Porter Wagoner, said Kent Pinkerton, Hurt’s agent.

At age 14, Hurt performed as The Rhinestone Kid on Wagoner’s television show.

Vierse said Hurt will be playing a guitar given to him by Wagoner, who died in 2007.

In addition to Wagoner, Hurt’s musical influences include Ray Price, Vince Gill, Johnny Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury, Pinkerton said.

Hurt has written more than 1,700 songs, Pinkerton said, and his lyrics have been recorded by Gill and other artists.

Hurt has won 14 Gold and two Double Platinum music sales awards, Pinkerton said.

The band’s playlist ranges from bluegrass to traditional country, he said.

Members of the Mountain Showmen band are Fred Spears, lead guitar/mandolin; Wade Cody, bass guitar; Ben Vincent, steel guitar/fiddle; and Glenn Austin, drums.

For more information about the Texas Music Hall of Fame, call Vierse at (254) 547-6834.

Contact Tim Orwig at torwig@kdhnews.com

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