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Press Release - Chattanooga Author Matthew Kerns Accepts Literary Prize at Star-Studded Awards Cerem

Chattanooga Author Matthew Kerns Accepts Literary Prize at Star-Studded Awards Ceremony

Oklahoma City, OK - Matthew Kerns, a Chattanooga area historian and author, has been honored with the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Magazine Article for his article, "Texas Jack Takes an Encore," in Wild West Magazine. The prestigious literary prize was presented at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on April 15, where Kerns was surrounded by a host of celebrities from the entertainment industry.

The awards ceremony was a star-studded event, with many notable personalities from the world of film, music, and literature in attendance. Some of the other honorees included renowned actor Lou Diamond Phillips, musicians Red Steagall and Michael Martin Murphey, director Walter Hill, and beer magnate Pete Coors. The event was emceed by Lakota actor Mo Brings Plenty, who kept the audience entertained throughout the night.

Presenters for the awards ceremony included John Wayne's son Patrick Wayne and his daughter Anita La Cava Swift, Grainger Hines, Bobby Carradine, Longmire author Craig Johnson, and musicians Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. The event was a celebration of Western heritage and culture, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the genre.

Matthew Kerns was thrilled to be recognized with such a prestigious award, and he expressed his gratitude to the organizers and his fellow honorees. "I appreciate very much the opportunity to tell Texas Jack's story, and the great honor that this award represents." he said. "It's humbling to be included in such a talented group of individuals, and I hope that my work continues to inspire others to explore the rich history and culture of the American West."

The Western Heritage Awards are presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and they recognize outstanding contributions to Western literature, film, and music. The awards are a celebration of the people and stories that have shaped the American West, and they are highly respected within the industry.

For more information about Matthew Kerns and his work, please visit his website at

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