Locklin named interim music hall director

Published 1:36 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brewton native Hank Adam Locklin has been named interim executive director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Locklin, the son of Brewton country music legend Hank Locklin, will oversee operations of the museum, strengthen relations with its inductees, and work with state and local officials in promoting the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Locklin was previously the senior manager of membership and industry relations for the Country Music Association, the international trade organization with over 6,200 members in 43 countries. Locklin worked to expand the value and importance of CMA to its members and the music industry overall. He began his music industry career in 1997 with legendary entertainment attorney Richard “Dick” Frank. From there, Locklin went on to work in artist management with Loretta Lynn and Billy Yates.

Prior to joining the Country Music Association, Locklin worked with Brownlee Ferguson and Bluewater Music Group. He produced two critically acclaimed albums for his father, Hank Locklin, and the two toured and performed together numerous times around the United States. Other artists Locklin has worked in the studio with include Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Jordanaires and the “Boots” Randolph.

Board members said they were glad to have Locklin join the staff.

“We are extremely excited to have Hank join the staff as interim director to assist us in this transitional period,” Alabama Music Hall of Fame Board Chairman John Briggs said.

“Hank Locklin is an outstanding individual, and an accomplished leader with exceptional qualifications and experience,” board member B.A. Nugent said. “The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is privileged indeed to have him serve as interim director while we continue the search for the executive director.”

Locklin said he was pleased to be working at the hall of fame.

“It is an honor and pleasure to be a part of the staff at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame,” Locklin said. “I look forward to working with everyone including the board of directors to advance this wonderful attraction throughout the State of Alabama and the country.”

Locklin graduated from the University of Alabama and University of Alabama School of Law.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee State Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission; Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Nashville Film Festival (Celebrity Outreach Committee).  He is currently Vice Chairman of the Nashville Convention & Tourism Commission.

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame exists to recognize and honor musicians, primarily natives of Alabama, whose artistry has earned acclaim throughout the United States, all the while representing the great State of Alabama. The Alabama Music Hall of Fame also exists to encourage, enhance, and reward the educational growth of musicians, both young and old. As a State Agency, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame features a museum of renown in which archival materials and memorable treasures are preserved and presented, attracting visitors from all over the world, along with programs, with partnerships, that are enriching and educational. Such presentations are to reflect the proud cultures and legacies of the State of Alabama.