Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame will reopen next month following a multi-million dollar renovation forced closure of the park last year. First in line to be inducted at the re-opening ceremony will be influential Tennessee residents Loretta Lynn and Jack White. Both have shared a love affair with the city of Nashville, with Lynn growing to prominence in the country music scene there and White moving to Nashville and setting up his label Third Man Records there.
Nashville mayor Karl Dean issued a statement regarding the Walk of Fame, declaring, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the reopening of Walk of Fame Park than with the induction of Loretta Lynn and Jack White – two very diverse artists. They represent what is best about Nashville with music that spans multiple genres and generations. They are great ambassadors for the creative community in our city, and I congratulate them on this wonderful honour.”
The Walk of Fame initially opened in 2006 and serves as a tribute to all the artists who have contributed to the city’s musical heritage. Past inductees, including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison, have received a permanent sidewalk plaque on the Music Mile.
The newly admitted pair have collaborated in the past, with White producing Lynn’s 2004 LP Van Lear Rose, on which he also performed. Here’s a surprisingly touching joint project from the two:
And just in case you needed a tune to be stuck in your head for the next fortnight: