2ND ANNUAL JIM REEVES JAMBOREE A ROUSING SUCCESS! Photos below. Jim Reeves would have been proud. On May 4, 2002, in Jim's hometown of Carthage in Panola County, TX., hundreds of fans were treated to a great day of Country Music celebrating one of country music's greatest entertainers, Gentleman Jim Reeves. Presented by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and hosted by KGAS radio at Panola College, the day kicked off with outside entertainment at 9:00 a.m. Fans heard many fine local bands and were able to visit the many arts and crafts booths until 2:30 p.m. when the First Annual Jim Reeves Sound A Like Contest took place. Ten men put it on the line, doing their best Jim Reeves song, with the judges finally picking the winner, John Johnson of Texarkana. John received a new Samick guitar donated by KWIM-V.com and won the chance to sing on the evening show. After breaking for dinner, the evening show kicked off with The Hayriders featuring the best of the John Rex Reeves Pickin' Party, followed by gospel music by the Calvary Boys and finally Jim's only singing nephew, John Rex Reeves and the Jim Reeves Tribute Band led by Shorty Grisham. John Rex took the fans down memory lane beginning the evening with a special poem he had written for Jim, performing all of his greatest hits and ending with I Won't Forget You. Special guests were Jim' s longtime partner Tom Perryman of KKUS Radio in Tyler, Johnny Moore formerly of the Big D Jamboree and Mitchell Torok, the writer of Jim's first #1 hit, Mexican Joe. Mitchell came out and told stories from his new book, Jim Reeves, Me and Mexican Joe and he also sang harmony as John Rex sang I Hate Me For Loving You, a song by Mitch that Jim had intended to record before his untimely death. Thanks to the fans for their great support. We had folks from California, Boston, Minnesota, the UK, and all over. Thanks to United Shows of America for the use of the Jim Reeves trademark. Thanks to Jerry Hanzen and KGAS. Jerry we couldn't have done it without you. We had such a great time we're going to have number 3 next April 12, 2003. See ya there!
Click on a photo to make larger. Thanks to Leon Dubose for some of these great pictures.
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