Following the recent induction of Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, the Music City Walk of Fame will be adding a few more names to its pathway of polished stars. The legendary Johnny Cash, five-time CMA and six-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Steve Cropper and Gaylord President and CEO E.W. “Bud” Wendell will each be getting their own shining star next month.
“Thank you so much to the City of Nashville and Music City Walk of Fame for this honor and privilege,” Lambert says in a release. “I am proud to join a heritage of other female inductees, such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride. This is a milestone moment that I will cherish forever. I want to congratulate my fellow inductees, Steve Cropper, E.W. ‘Bud’ Wendell and the legendary Johnny Cash — just saying his name alongside mine, takes my breath away.”
The collection is located in downtown Nashville near the city’s Bridgestone Arena, as part of a courtyard dubbed Walk of Fame Park. It was established in 2006 and is home to more than 65 artists, industry executives and others who have made significant contributions to the music business across all genres and have connections to Nashville.
The stars will be awarded at a free public ceremony Oct. 6 at 2PM. Lambert, Cropper and Wendell are slated to attend.
Cropper co-wrote some of music’s biggest hits, including “(Sitting On) the Dock of the Bay” with friend Otis Redding. He’s also an accomplished producer and skilled guitarist, having played for artists like Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett. Cropper was one of the original members of the Blues Brothers Band and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, in addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Wendell served as Vice President of the WSM radio station, home of the Opry, which he managed along with the Opryland theme park. He ultimately became President and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment and oversaw the launch of the Nashville Network, acquisition of Country Music Television (CMT), renovation of Music City’s Mother Church Ryman Auditorium, the expansion of the Opryland Hotel, and opening of Nashville’s famous Wildhorse Saloon.
For more information on the Walk of Fame or the upcoming ceremony, visit the organization’s website.
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