Ron “Rooster” Morehouse inducted into W.Va. Country Music Hall of Fame 2022

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) — Ron “Rooster” Morehouse is one of seven members inducted into the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.

Morehouse says it’s a lifetime achievement after a long career having made his debut decades ago.

“I won a talent contest in the ’70s. And I got to play with Ernie Tubbs here in Marietta at the Colony Theater at the time,” Morehouse says. “And that hooked me.”

News of the induction came as he attended a hall of fame committee meeting at the Sagebrush Round-Up, a place where he worked as a staff member for many years.

And where even his guitar which features many country legends and their signatures.

“And I go visit my guitar and I take it and tune it and play it,” Morehouse explains. “I take it out, put it on stage and play it. I’m done with it, I take it out of tune, I take it back, I put it on a track.

Rooster Ron says that in his later years he became more of a mentor to many young country artists in the area.

“But I have a lot of fun with our youngsters. And nurture them and watch them grow,” says Morehouse.

Even before Hall of Fame induction, Rooster Ron says he earned a lot of respect from his peers for the way he engaged the crowd at shows.

And that’s something he says no matter the size of the audience, as long as he knows those in attendance appreciate what he’s doing.

“If I see a baby smiling while tapping its toes; or an elderly person who stomps my foot, I do my job,” says Morehouse.

West Virginia native Kathy Mattea was among the other inductees at the ceremony at Fairmont.

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Toya J. Bell