Jack White and Loretta Lynn were inducted into the Music City Walk Of Fame earlier today. They both received a plaque on the one-mile stretch of sidewalk in downtown Nashville. “Nashville has been so incredibly open and supportive of what I and everyone at Third Man Records have tried to create since day one, and I will never forget it,” White said at the ceremony. “Art can thrive in oppressive conditions and also in supportive ones. I thank the community of Nashville for being the supportive kind and giving back to us.”
White expanded on his comments in a blog post on his website:
This is really a big honor and it speaks volumes about Nashville… that you would accept for example, what we’ve done with Third Man Records here in this city and accept it so well, nurture it and help us make something come alive. We’re so honored to be here every day, and we know that there’s only one town in the world where we could have done this, and that’s Nashville, Tennessee. This is a very difficult time for music in the last decade, and I urge everybody here to do everything they can to support local artists and buy their records and keep music sacred.
Mayor Karl Dean officiated the induction, and had this to say: “Loretta Lynn and Jack White capture the spirit of today’s Nashville — spanning multiple musical genres and generations. It’s more than fitting that they joined the Walk Of Fame together today.”
Here’s some photos of the two of them next to their awards.
And video of a local news report…
[Photos by Ann Richardson.]