Civic Lubbock, Inc. Announces 2024 West Texas Walk of Fame Inductees

The Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board is pleased to announce the upcoming inductions into the West Texas Walk of Fame for 2024. The honorees are: Gerald Dolter, Tina Fuentes, Steve Meador and James Watkins. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 3rd 2024 at 7:00pm in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre located at 1501 Mac Davis Lane.

Singer, Educator and Producer, Gerald Dolter, began singing at an early age and went on to obtain degrees in Voice and Arts Administration at Indiana University’s School of Music. In 1995 Gerald joined the Texas Tech School of Music before becoming the Director of TTU Opera Theatre in 1998. During this time, Gerald sought to program a wide variety of operatic works to expand both student and public interest in his field. His production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’ was staged not in a theatre, but in a hotel atrium, making use of trees, pools and shrubs to bring his vision to life. However, nothing represented Gerald’s visionary thinking more than when he created the musical theatre company, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals in 2006. The company opened the then named Wells Fargo Amphitheatre with a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! Moonlight Musicals has since gone on to become a staple of West Texas performing over 50 musicals since 2006. Gerald’s vision not only included performances, but also a way to support students throughout the community. This has resulted in Moonlight Musicals being able to pay out more than $1 million in student stipends. As a performer, Gerald has been recognized nationally and internationally winning several major awards, including the National Winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1984, the Premio Galeffi at Italy’s Concorso International per Voci Verdiane in 1984, and collecting first place in the International Vocal completion in Ghent, Belgium in 1986. Gerald was the leading baritone with Germany’s Bremen Opera from 1985 to 1991 where he performed many diverse roles, and has amassed 96 operatic characterizations to date. Gerald continues his work with Moonlight Musicals to this day as the Artistic Director and his contribution to the performing arts is felt far and wide.

Painter, Tina Fuentes, was born in San Angelo in 1949, and raised in Odessa, Texas. She began her artistic journey when she studied art at
Odessa College before earning her Bachelors & Master in Fine Arts at North Texas State University. Tina established herself as a professional
artist through her numerous one-woman, group, museum and gallery exhibitions in the United States, working predominantly in painting, drawing and printmaking. Tina’s reputation has led her to receive numerous grants throughout her career, most notable when in 2014 The National Science Foundation sponsored two large exhibitions as part of a collaborative federal initiative on art and atmospheric science. Tina’s work has been showcased
in dozens of exhibitions, ranging from the permanent collection at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming. When she isn’t exhibiting her work across the country, Tina regularly serves as an exhibition juror and board member on groups such as the Albuquerque Arts Board and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Tina joined Texas Tech University as a Professor in the School of Art in 1986, later becoming a department Director in 2004 before her retirement in 2019. Upon her retirement, she was given the honorary title of Emerita Professor. Tina continues her work at her studio in Lubbock, taking inspiration from her West Texas roots and applying it to her art for everyone to enjoy.

Stage and Studio Musician, Steve Meador, was born in Slaton, Texas in 1952. Raised on a cotton farm in Lynn County, Steve became a percussionist in High School before attending the University of Texas where he majored in music theory and composition. While there, Steve co-founded seminal Austin
jazz band Passenger who were awarded the Best Jazz performing band prize at the 1981-82 and 1982-83 Austin Music Awards. Steve continued his musical rise as he joined national and international tours, performing with musicians such as Leonard Cohen, Joe Ely, and Carole King. Performing was not just limited to tours, Steve also played many times on television on Austin City Limits, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has graced the stage at some of the world’s most famous venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK, and the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Despite his success on the international stage, Steve continued to grow his strong connection with Lubbock and West Texas as the original drummer for the Lubbock Rhythm Machine, the first band of the Cactus Theatre, where he also went on to play J.I. Allison in a production of The Buddy Holly Story. Steve lives with his wife Kathy in Marble Falls and continues to perform with fellow Walk of Fame inductee Jay Boy Adams. Steve’s story proves that no matter how far your talent takes you, West Texas will always bring you home.

Ceramic Artist, James Watkins, was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1951 and graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a Fine Arts degree, and Indiana University with his Master of Fine Arts. Early in his career, James moved to Lubbock where he spent 35 years teaching in the College of Architecture, focusing on ceramics and architectural delineation. From his base in Lubbock, James went on to garner both national and international recognition for his work, when in 1993 his work was included in the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library. His work is held in 27 permanent collections throughout the US, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York and internationally at the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan. James is a Texas Tech University, Horn Distinguished Professor Emeritus. The Horn Professorship is the highest honor Texas Tech may bestow on faculty members and is awarded only to those professors who have achieved a national and international recognition for their creative achievements. In 2023 the State of Texas recognized James’ importance and standing by making him the 2023 Texas State Visual Artist in 3D. James continues to work from his home studio in Lubbock, where he experiments with new techniques and materials, and is reminded daily of the most important lesson he says that he has learned in his career, that “fire has the potential to do the unexpected”.

West Texas Walk of Fame
In the late 70s, Larry Corbin, Jerry Coleman, and Waylon Jennings initiated the idea of an award for famous artists and musicians from the West Texas region. The first inductees were Buddy Holly in 1979 and Waylon Jennings in 1980. In 1983, Civic Lubbock, Inc. began their tenure as administrators of the “Walk of Fame” with the induction of Mac Davis. The West Texas Walk of Fame honors those individuals with a strong connection to Lubbock and the West Texas area who have devoted a significant part of their lives to the development and production of the performing and visual arts and whose body of work has been influential nationally in one or more of these areas.

Past “Walk of Fame” Inductees include:

1979 – Buddy Holly
1980 – Waylon Jennings
1983 – Mac Davis
1984 – Jimmy Dean, Ralna English, Bobby Keys
1985 – G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin
1986 – Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis, Joe B. Mauldin, Niki Sullivan
1989 – Joe Ely, Roy Orbison
1990 – Gaitlin Brothers, Bob Wills
1991 – “Snuff” Garrett
1993 – The Maines Brothers Band
1994 – Virgil Johnson of the Velvets, Buddy Knox
1995 – Glen D Hardin, Gary P. Nunn
1996 – Cecil Caldwell, Woody Chambliss, The Hometown Boys, Paul Milosevich, Bob Montgomery, C.B.
“Stubbs” Stubblefield
1997- Terry Allen, George Ashburn, Dan Blocker, Glenna Goodacre, Los Premiers, Dirk West
1998 – Don Caldwell, Jimmie Dale Gillmore, Butch Hannock
1999 – Jane Prince Jones, Ed Wilkes
2000 – Eddie Dixon
2001 – The Fireballs, Delbert McClinton
2002 – Suzanne Akers, Brad Maule, Pete Morales, Helen Wagner
2003 – Alvin G. Davis, Billy Walker
2004 – Clif Magness, Richie McDonald
2005 – Angela Strehli, Agnes Torres
2006 – David Box, David Gaschen, Jennifer Smith
2008 – John Gillas, Mary Gillas
2010 – Bill Griggs
2012 – Charlene Condray Hancock, Tommy X Hancock, Lloyd Maines, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor
2014 – Jay Boy Adams, Lew Dee and Diana Dee, Andy Wilkinson, Jaston Williams
2015 – Jo Harvey Allen, Natalie Maines
2016 – Ponty Bone, Terry Cook, The Flatlanders, Sonny West
2017 – James T. Braxton, Thomas Braxton, Johnny Ray Watson
2018 – Josh Abbott, Donnie Allison, Bob Livingston, Garland A. Weeks, FNSS
2019 – Susan Graham, David Kneupper, Romeo Reyna, Larry Trider
2022 – Bess Hubbard, Hoyle Nix, Jody Nix, Amanda Shires
2023 – Dirk Fowler, Lynwood Kreneck, Junior Medlow, Kimmie Rhodes

West Texas Walk of Fame Inductees Steve Meador
West Texas Walk of Fame Inductees Tina Fuentes
West Texas Walk of Fame Inductees James Watkins
West Texas Walk of Fame Inductees Gerald Dolter

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