Location: Demonbruen Street between 4th and 5th Avenues South, Nashville, TN 37203
Music City’s equivalent of getting your star on Hollywood Boulevard is having your star in the Music City Walk of Fame Park. While the stars in the Park have yet to achieve the same notoriety as the ones in Hollywood, there is a row of in-land granite sidewalk markers honoring some who have contributed towards making Nashville the Music City.
Launched in 2006, the Park is a project of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Metro Parks, and has recently reopened after a lengthy renovation. While not an absolute must-to-see on a visit to Nashville, its convenient location in between the Hilton Nashville Downtown hotel, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Bridgestone Arena makes it an easy stop.
Induction events are infrequent but free and open to the public. The first launch after the renovation was the joint induction of local musical collaborators Jack White and Loretta Lynn. In addition to the upgrade to the park area, the markers themselves also received a facelift and are now all black instead of their former red and black design. The markers are all the same except for the honoree names and their dates of induction.
The roster of stars makes one think that the local organizers may be guilty of showing favoritism to those able to attend their installation. While there are some great stars presented, there are some glaring omissions such as George Jones,
Chet Atkins and Bob Dylan. I’d even cast a vote for Elvis Costello whose recordings here certainly opened country music’s doors to many new listeners.
Forgiveness granted, a trip through the park is worth the little effort it takes. What current artists might we see added in the future? The Black Keys, Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley are a few who come to mind. Watch the local news for future inductions.
Here is a list of those who are currently enshrined in order of their induction.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Frances W. Preston
Michael W. Smith
Steven Curtis Chapman
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Hank Williams Sr.
Cowboy Jack Clement
Dr. R. H. Boyd
Little Jimmy Dickens
Dr. Bobby Jones
Kings of Leon
E.W. “Bud” Wendell
Little Big Town
Lula C. Naff
Dr. Paul T. Kwami