Geographical enthusiast Jack White’s adopted hometown of Nashville will honor him, along with country legend Loretta Lynn, with inductions as the 62nd and 63rd artists into the Music City Walk of Fame. The two Grammy-winning artists (he has 11, she has 3) will be present for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is free and open to the public, on Thursday, June 4, at Walk of Fame Park. The ceremony will also serve to re-open the park.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the reopening of Walk of Fame Park than with the induction of Loretta Lynn and Jack White—two very diverse artists. They represent what is best about Nashville with music that spans multiple genres and generations. They are great ambassadors for the creative community in our city, and I congratulate them on this wonderful honor.”
“Individually, Loretta Lynn and Jack White have each made an enormous impact on Nashville’s music scene,” added NCVC Board Chair and President of Vector Management Ken Levitan. “Collectively, the impact of their collaborations has been felt exponentially and worldwide. The Walk of Fame showcases our diverse history and illustrates to fans from all over the world why we are Music City.”
White produced Lynn’s 2004, multi-Grammy-award-winning album Van Lear Rose, which featured their duet, “Portland, Oregon.” They performed the moody track on The Late Show with Dave Letterman in 2004 and more recently, Lynn served as the opening act of the Nashville stop of his Lazaretto world tour—Lynn joined White in the second half of his set for the track. (At the end of which White said to his fabulously sequined guest, “Well thank you, Loretta, I’m glad you didn’t have nothing better to do tonight.”)
White has just wrapped his Lazaretto tour after headlining both Saturday nights at Coachella and then playing five acoustic sets in the Dakotas, Idaho, Alaska, and Wyoming. He is now on a hiatus from touring with no announced plans for new music or shows.