About Hillbilly Hits
Tracy Pitcox began his career in radio in 1986, at the age of 15, over KNEL in Brady, Texas. He started a traditional country music request program called “Hillbilly Hits” in 1989. That radio show would enable Pitcox to connect with Country Music fans literally all over the world and become the nucleus of not only a thirty-year radio career, but a record label, country music museum and promotion of hundreds of country music shows and dances. He also worked at KGKL radio in San Angelo, while attending Angelo State University.
Pitcox has been chairman of the one thousand member Heart of Texas Country Music Association since it was formed in 1989. The association promotes artists, performances and traditional country music.
Pitcox’s book “Legendary Conversations With A Texas Disc Jockey” has attained two pressing since it was published in 2008. The book contains interviews with over ninety country music entertainers from Garth Brooks to Kitty Wells and shows his passion for meeting and preserving the history of the genre’s entertainers.
“Meeting someone who so loves and is so devoted to pure country music is amazing,” Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn said. “I knew I’d met one of these people, several years ago when I met Tracy. Tracy’s love of traditional country is evident in all he does to promote artists, as me. He is truly an asset to all that loves this music. I’m lucky to be able to call him a dear sweet friend and I love him.”
He also founded the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum in Brady, Texas. The museum honors over 125 Country Music artists with memorabilia from Jim Reeves’ tour bus, Tammy Wynette and Ferlin Husky’s limos to Nudie designed rhinestone suits from Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Hank Thompson, Ray Price and many others.
Throughout his career, Pitcox has received a number of awards for his work from the country music community.
The Country Music Association of Texas presented him with their “Traditional Country DJ Award" in 1995. The Governor of Tennessee presented Pitcox with his “Ambassador of Good Will” proclamation in 2004. The San Antonio Express News cited his accomplishments in the Texas Music industry with their Wiley Award in 2005. The Academy of Western Artist named him their Disc Jockey of the Year in 2005 and their Record Producer of the Year in 2007. The Llano Chamber of Commerce cited him with their first “Humanitarian of the Year” award in 2008. The Cowtown Society of Western Music voted him into their Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Brady Chamber of Commerce gave him their Presidents Award also in 2009. He was also one of the first three to be inducted into the Brady High School Hall of Fame in 2016. Pitcox was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in 2016 and received the Brady/McCulloch County Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 2017.
Pitcox is president of Heart of Texas Records. The independent traditional Country Music record label has released over fifty projects featuring artists including Norma Jean, Johnny Bush, Hank Thompson, Ferlin Husky, Georgette Jones, Dottsy, Tommy Hooker, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Darrell & Mona McCall, Guyanne McCall, Diane McCall, George Hamilton IV, Dallas Wayne, Bobby Lewis, Bobby G. Rice, Frankie Miller, Kaye Tolson, Landon Dodd, Joe Paul Nichols, Kaye Tolson, Curtis Potter, Rance Norton, Kimberly Murray, Mary Lou Turner, Country Jim, Al Dean and Justin Trevino.
Pitcox celebrated his 30th Anniversary in radio in 2016 and has guest hosted segments on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on six different occasions as well as producing country music shows in England, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. And he loves Country Music.
He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 2017.