2007 – Honored by Governor Rick Perry as the “The Music Ambassador of Texas”
2004 – Inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame
1995 – Added to the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas; as part of the festivities, Gary was also honored by the Lubbock Civic Center as well as the mayor and city council of Lubbock, the chamber of commerce, and others in conjunction with the opening of the Buddy Holly Museum.
1991 – Given a Citation of Recognition by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his contribution to the preservation of the unique Southwestern style of music.
1990 – Received an Award of Appreciation by the San Antonio chapter of the Texas Music Association (along with other artists such as ZZ Top, Moe Bandy and Tish Hinojosa).
Honored by the Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism, chosen to be included in the department’s list of Lone Star Greats. This award was created to recognize individuals in the State of Texas that they deem to be leaders in the fields of art, athletics and music.
1985 – Designated Official Ambassador to the World by Texas Governor Mark White
Awarded several gold and platinum records for writing, publishing and performing.