Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will welcome Nashville recording artist JT Hodges back to his hometown on Friday and give him a key to the city.
Hodges is battling American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and several other country singers for the Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year. The show airs April 1 with Reba McIntire and Blake Shelton hosting.
Fan voting determines the winner. Go here to vote — unless you’re planning on voting for McCreery, in which case I suggest you stop, walk to a mirror, look deeply into it, and say, “Really?”
Price will give Hodges the key to the city at 9 a.m. Friday, then at 10 a.m. he’ll perform at his old high school, The Oak Ridge School, in Arlington. At 11:30 a.m. he’ll hit the Stockyards for the longhorn drive, then at 2 p.m. he’ll visit his other alma mater, Texas Christian University.
Finally, he’ll perform a free show at 6 p.m. at the JT Hodges Music Rally at the 8.0 Bar in Sundance Square.
In the video below, he talks about growing up in Fort Worth with parents who established Buffalo Sound Studios, the city’s first multi-track recording studio: