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Music City Walk of Fame Announces Inductees

Nashville’s Music City Inc. announced the third class of inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar: Rodney Crowell, Bob DiPiero, Vince Gill, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Killen and Barbara Mandrell. The six honorees will be recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers on Monday, November 5, beginning at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.

The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public.

The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB), and is produced with the support of presenting sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors GAC, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks.

“This class of inductees showcases the immense talent, creativity and diverse musical styles that make Nashville ‘Music City,’” says Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “Each honoree has left an indelible mark on our city’s musical heritage and music worldwide. It is a privilege to pay tribute to their great success.”

Created in the fall of 2006, the Music City Walk of Fame, on Nashville’s Music Mile, will be a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration. With the induction of this new class of honorees, there will be 18 total stars along the Walk of Fame. A new brochure promoting the Walk of Fame is now available in visitors centers, hotels and venues across the city.

Permanent sidewalk medallions made of stainless steel and terrazzo, with each honoree’s name displayed in a star-and-guitar design, will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile, the roughly one-mile stretch of Demonbreun Street from 4th Ave. South to the Buddy Killen Circle at 16th Ave. South. The plaques for this class of inductees will be inlaid in Hall of Fame Park on Demonbreun, between 4th and 5th Avenues South.

Nominations were open to the public and accepted in the categories of artist, musician, songwriter and producer/music industry Executive. Application forms were reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame selection committee.

“This outstanding third panel of inductees showcases enormous talent which has its roots in our great city, Nashville,” says Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We are honored to sponsor the Music City Walk of Fame and look forward to celebrating Nashville’s rich musical heritage for many years to come.”

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