It’s official, country music quartet Little Big Town has been inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame! The ceremony took place at Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park on Thursday afternoon with fellow Walk of Fame member Keith Urban on hand to welcome the musicians.
“I was fascinated to meet the people who made that sound, and I realized what it was. It’s the closest thing to a family band that you’ll ever meet. It’s that sound that’s not connected by blood or last name – well, in the case of Jimi and Karen, now it is. But there’s no connection, except the spirit. That’s what I feel when I hear Little Big Town,” Urban shared about the first time he heard the band’s song “Boondocks.”
This year, the Music City Walk of Fame paid special tribute to the Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the historic venue’s 125th anniversary with the induction and presentation of stars to country music group Little Big Town, along with two luminaries in the Ryman’s past: Tom Ryman, the riverboat captain who built the Union Gospel Tabernacle; and Lula C. Naff, the theater manager who oversaw the Auditorium for more than four decades.
The inductees received the 75th, 76th, and 77th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. Those chosen for the honor are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
Also in celebration of the Ryman’s 125th anniversary, Little Big Town will have performed 10 shows by the end of 2017 at the Ryman Auditorium during their year-long residency. Consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, had the biggest country single of 2015 with “Girl Crush,” and earlier this year released their seventh studio album, The Breaker, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
“We were driving these same streets, and now we’re here with you guys,” Little Big Town songstress Karen Fairchild shared with the crowd. “It really can happen. You just have to believe. You’ve got to have faith and perseverance. This is for all the dreamers out there, and we look forward to standing up here and handing this plaque to someone else.”
Be sure to look for Little Big Town’s star the next time you visit Nashville and congrats to the popular country music group!