Loretta Lynn, Jack White Honored With Stars on the Music City Walk of Fame
Country legend Loretta Lynn and rocker Jack White were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on June 4, placing permanent star plaques in a sidewalk that stretches from downtown Nashville to the city's famous Music Row, about a mile away.
Lynn and White join 61 other honorees already enshrined, ranging from artists like Hank Williams and Roy Orbison to industry pioneers like Frances Preston and Jo Walker-Meador. Each has contributed to the musical identity of Nashville, regardless of genre.
Lynn and White have a history of their own together. Close friends and collaborators, the pair first worked together when White produced Lynn's 2004 album Van Lear Rose. They appear together on a track from that album, "Portland, Oregon."
"Well I think it's about time," Lynn joked about her induction.
"Jack is as country as I am," she continued. "He might sing rock but he's country, and you can tell that on the album he cut of me."
"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," White said in accepting his honor.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean attended the ceremony, which also served as the re-opening of Walk of Fame Park, a public green space just across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Lynn is recognized as the most-decorated woman in country music. Her career spans over 50 years and includes some of the genre's most iconic songs like "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" and "The Pill." Today she is thought to be one of the first women to write and sing about feminist ideals in country music.
A native of Detroit, White first made his name as one-half of the rock duo the White Stripes. He's gone on to have a successful solo career and moved his record label, Third Man Records, to Nashville in 2009. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for the city and its musical history.
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