Springfield native bringing honky tonk back to hometown

SPRINGFIELD – Scott Southworth says his annual trip back to Springfield always feels kind of like a high school reunion because he gets to see so many old friends.

Well, this year will be extra special. Because of Covid, he hasn’t played a hometown show since 2019. He’s spent these past three years padding his already-impressive list of country music awards. His 2019 album, “Hey Hillbilly Singer,” was named Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

“DJ’s all over the world vote for that one,” Southworth said. “That meant a lot to . . .