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Genesee County men headed to Country Music Hall of Fame

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(09/02/11) - Three men with ties to Genesee County are being inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame this weekend.    

We caught up with one of musicians at his favorite place, a recording studio.

Jesse Couch was singing "Folsom Prison" on stage when he was 21 and the performing bug hit.

"When I got finished everybody was clapping and hollering and I thought, 'Oh, I found something I can do,'" Couch said.

His career took him from Kentucky to California and eventually to Flint. He loves country music, especially when performed by Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

"It's the music about times, about troubles, about problems," explained Couch.

Jesse made a career of singing and that caught the attention of the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame. Recently they notified him he was being inducted this weekend.

"I was overjoyed. I was happy," Couch said.

"I'm really happy about it. I really think that if anybody in Michigan is deserving of it, he is," said Couch's wife, Sue.

He's been performing for nearly 50 years and has no plans to slow down.

"I love to see the people being happy and enjoying themselves, laughing, dancing, having a great time," Couch said.

Two other men, John Toth and Darold Hyde are also being inducted into the Hall of Fame. They, too, live in the Flint area.

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