Alan Jackson, Kix Brooks Honored With Star on Nashville Walk of Fame
As Alan Jackson accepted the honor of having his own star along Music City's Walk of Fame Sunday afternoon, he remembered the first time he came to Nashville. The legendary hitmaker was one of seven people honored during last weekend's ceremony.
"I think about the first time I drove down Music Row with a paper sack full of songs. I could have never imagined standing in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame and them putting a star with my name on it on this concrete," he said. Billboard reports that he then went on to encourage a similar honor be bestowed upon legends like Merle Haggard, George Jones and Charley Pride.
Kix Brooks also remembered his first taste of Nashville during his acceptance speech on Sunday. The singer thanked fans and his former duet partner Ronnie Dunn before sharing a less than picture-perfect memory of Broadway. "I remember when I first came here in 1979. Aside from Tootsie's, it just broke my heart. It was honestly pretty disgusting," he said.
"There was a lot of darkness up and down Broadway," he said. These days, the businesses that catered to adult only audiences have been replaced by memorabilia shops and music venues that are safe for families.
Gospel singers Bobby Jones and Dottie Rambo, designer Manuel, TV news anchor Dan Miller and guitar hero Les Paul were also honored with stars on Sunday. All seven of the new inductees will forever find their stars in Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun, between 4th and 5th Avenue South.