• Who Are We?

    The Southern Legends Association Foundation operates The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame. One of our goals is the preservation of Southern Originating Music and it's Heritage. We honor artists born in the south who helped create and pioneer southern originating music in the 40's and 50's. Many of these artist have never been recognized for the music they helped create. We pay tribute to these artists for their contributions to this great music that was created in the south.

    We also educate school age students about this cultural American music so they will understand and appreciate the music started in the south  that went around the world and changed the way the entire world listens to music forever. We honor the artists, session musicians, sidemen, engineers, promoters, producers and writers of this great music.

    At our induction ceremonies we have the chance to educate all ages, young and old. We have recorded history on audio and video with many of the inductees performing and talking about how the music changed America and the world.

    We plan to take our music history into the classroom at the elementary, middle school, high school and college level.  We will have artists, musicians, engineers and producers giving history lessons about the music, documenting and archiving those who were there when the music was being recorded.

    The recordings of artist who became famous owe a big debt to those musicians who backed them in the studio. The creativity behind the songs are as strong as the vocals and music them selves and cannot be separated.  The engineer who got it down on tape correctly, the producer who brought in the musicians to play the correct melody are all a vital part of the mix that created musical history.  We know a tremendous amount of credit must be given to all of these musical pioneers.

    However, many times the stories behind the music never got documented. The Southern Legends Association Foundation will bring these disparate stories to the public so equal credit can be shared by everyone involved in the recording of many famous songs.

    Hundreds of regionally popular hit songs got played over the radio but did not become hits outside their particular region.  But to the fans in those regions, these recordings and artists were as famous to them as were the nation wide or world wide recording artists such as Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry. We honor those regional artists because they added their own brand of musical history in their own creative niches and they are as important as the performing giants who became known world wide.

                                     John Webb

    The Southern Legends Entertainment and Performing Arts Hall of Fame Southern Legends Association Foundation
    was founded by Widmarc Clark and Marck Cavaliero on Nov 20th, 2004 in New London, NC. In 2005 the business operation was moved to Portland, TN. 

    The Original Royal Charter Founding Members
    Widmarc Clark
    Mark Cavaliero
    Jimmy Case
    H.T. "Hank" Henry

    The Southern Legends Association Founding Membership
    Dale Hawkins
    Matt & Barbara Lucas
    John Rhys
    Gene Summers
    Lamar Morris
    Vernon & Brenda Taylor
    Janie Noelte
    Joe & Doris Bennett

    Trustee / COO
    Tim Weekly

    Chairman of the Board
    H.T. "Hank" Henry

    Board of Directors
    H. T. "Hank" Henry
    Jimmy Case
    Widmarc Clark
    Tom "Cat" Reeder
    Bob Sullivan

    Director / President / CEO

    Widmarc Clark


    Senior Vice President / Public Relations

    Jimmy Case


    Vice President of Nominations

    Tom "Cat" Reeder

    Media & Business Development Vice President

    Bob Sullivan

    Vice President Consumer Marketing
    Osie Jackson

    The Advisory Council

    Jimmy & Jane Case

    Matt Lucas

    Osie Jackson

    James Kirkland

    John Webb

    Bob Sullivan

    H.T. "Hank" Henry

    Tom "Cat" Reeder

    Widmarc Clarc

    The Induction Committee
    H.T. "Hank" Henry
    Jimmy Case
    Tom "Cat" Reeder
    Osie Jackson
    Bob Sullivan
    Widmarc Clarc

    Senior Director Corporate Communications
    Janie Noelte

    Director of Photography

    Shelia Morris


    Cosmic Traveler Transport
    Corporate Pilot and Logistics Coordinator

    Randall Crook


    Director of Publicity & Senior Project Administrator

    For the State of South Carolina: Doris Bennett


    Manuel Olveria / Fred Funches

    Regional Offices:

    • Centerville, VA
    • Oklahoma City, OK
    • McAlester, OK
    • Franklin, N.C.
    • Athens, TX
    • Hagerstown, MD
    • Owings Mills, MD
    • Spartanburg, S.C.
    • Opp, AL
    • McAlpin, FL
    • Cantonment, FL
    • Choctaw, OK

    The Association, along with its subsidiaries, is a diversified, non-profit entertainment company with operations in four business segments. 


    • Hall of Fame Inductions
    • Artist promotions
    • Musical recordings, and
    • Various entertainment operations

    The Association maintains operational facilities in the following locations:

    • Home Office: Portland, TN
    • Public relations, promotional photography, creative art and web design: Cantonment, FL
    • Creative art and web design, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Media networking: McAlpin, FL
    • Music recording and entertainment operations: Portland, TN


    The Southern Legends Association Foundation is a diversified, non-profit entertainment corporation with operations in many business segments including a web site hall of fame and museum, inductions, artist promotions, musical recordings, music publishing, various entertainment enterprises and talent agencies. Interest in any of these operations is available by calling The Southern Legends Home Office in Portland, TN (615) 325-5633, writing P.O. Box 428, Portland, TN 37148-0428 or by filling out and submitting the General Contact Form on our web site http://www.southernlegends.org/General Contact Form