Gold Buckle Network Gives Country Music Fans a Chance to Win Martin DM Guitar Autographed by More Than 20 Music Legends

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Raffle benefits Tioga Museum and Heritage Association in Gene Autry’s home town.

Gold Buckle Network™ (GBN™) ( is giving country music fans the chance of a lifetime to win a one-of-a-kind Martin DM acoustic guitar signed by more than 20 country music legends. The rare instrument features the autographs of some of country music's most popular artists, including Willie Nelson, George Strait, Ray Price, Gary P. Nunn, Bobbie Nelson, Paul English, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joaquin, David Allen Coe, Leon Russell, Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall, Hank Thompson, D'Jango Walker, Noel Haggard, Shooter Jennings, Pauline Reese, Ray Benson, Billie Joe Shaver, Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, and the guitar maker himself, Christian Fredrick Martin IV.

Only 100 tickets will be sold at $25 per ticket. Fans may purchase multiple tickets to improve chances of winning. A portion of the raffle proceeds benefit the Tioga Museum and Heritage Association in Autry’s home town of Tioga, Texas. The winning ticket will be selected October 8, 2006 at the Gene Autry 99th Birthday Festival held at the world famous Southfork Ranch in Plano, Texas. The winner need not be present to win. Fans can read offer details and purchase tickets at

Gene Autry, America's Favorite Singing Cowboy was born on September 29, 1907 in the tiny Texas town of Tioga, just a few miles from the Red River and died on October 2, 1998 in Studio City, California. From humble beginnings in Texas and Oklahoma, he became one of the most influential Western entertainers of the 20th Century. He preformed in 93 Western films, cut over 600 recordings, wrote or co-wrote over 300 songs and built an entertainment empire that included radio and television stations, a movie studio, a record label, theaters, and a major league baseball team (the Angels).

At the height of his career he was voted the most popular entertainer in America, receiving more than 25,000 fan letters a month. His horse, Champion, received 1,000 letters. He is the only performer with five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television and Live Theater Performance. He was a Marine officer during World War II and the only officer permitted to wear cowboy boots with his uniform.

"His birthday has been celebrated for the past five years in his home town of Tioga," according to Char Brown, a long time friend of Autry. "His party has just gotten too big for Tioga. We are expecting 30,000 people this year. Already, Gene Autry fans from Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma have made reservations to come. We even have folks from England, Ireland, Germany, Japan and Sweden calling and planning to join us."

This festival is poised to become one of the great classic western festivals in the United States. From rodeo, bull riding, and cultural exchanges to live music, food, and unique crafts, the festival offers three days of family-friendly fun. The festival will offer continuous music and dancing from the three stages starring true country legends like Ray Price, Gary P. Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys, Darryl McCall, Johnny Bush, Justin Trevino, The Lone Star Bluegrass Band, The Sons of the San Juaquin, and Don Edwards.

All fans of the West can watch rodeo, movies, and TV shows, listen to country music, and shop for unique Western products at GBN currently offers free access to its large library of all-digital Western video and audio entertainment, including rodeos, classic Western movies, country music concerts, classic Western television shows, kids' shows, travel shows, cooking shows and much more.

GBN viewing requires no special hardware or software, and nothing is downloaded to the viewer’s PC. The Web-based GBN video player supports full-screen viewing, enabling viewers to maximize a crisp image beyond the size of typical streaming videos. Viewers can even watch GBN on most late-model television displays using simple, inexpensive components. Registration is free at, where you can watch, listen to, and shop for all things Western.

About Gold Buckle Network (GBN)

GBN is an online TV network, music source, and department store for everything Western. At visitors watch rodeos and other Western sports, classic full-length Western movies, documentaries, lifestyle programs, kids’ shows and more. In addition, GBN Radio streams digital country music and the GBN General Store offers a great selection of unique Western-influenced products. GBN is The New Way To Access The West — an entertaining and informative online community for millions of Western enthusiasts all over the world. Businesses rely on GBN for one-to-one access to this significant consumer market. For more information about GBN, please visit

The Gold Buckle Network name, acronym, logo, and The New Way To Access The West are trademarks of Gold Buckle Network, Inc. All rights reserved.


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