Former Alpena resident inducted into Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame

Five people representing country, gospel and instrumental music are the 2013 inductees into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame. Among them is former Alpena resident Jack Venzlaff.

On Aug. 30-31, family and friends traveled to Delton, a town located 20 miles north of Kalamazoo, to lend their support and be present when Venzlaff received his place of honor in Michigan’s country music history. A plaque inscribed for Venzlaff was presented to him by Carole Cadarette.

Venzlaff requested that friends Cadarette and Barry Gokee be included in the performances at the two-day event. Cadarette sang one of her signature songs. Gokee lent his talent vocally, playing bass for Cadarette and steel guitar for Venzlaff, along with his considerable contribution to the stage band.

Northern Michigan was well represented by the threesome. Jack is quoted saying “We did a nice job representing the talent that is living in upstate Michigan,” Venzlaff said. “Those who have lived a life of music and performing know that there are so many talented musicians, but not many venues to showcase them.”

He resides in Cheboygan though Alpena was his home for 25 years.

An opportunity to extend congratulations to Venzlaff is scheduled for Sept. 21. There will be a Country Music Party at Maplewood Tavern. Dress country and come join in a day of music, food and fun. Everyone is welcome starting at 4 p.m. Bring a dish to pass dinner fit for a cowboy and cowgirl. For more information, call Cadarette at 595-6668.