August 10, 2006

Nashville unveils plans for its own “Walk of Fame”

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Nashville will honor
leading music industry figures with a "Music City Walk of
Fame," city officials announced on Thursday.

Open to performers, songwriters, musicians, producers and
other outstanding figures, honorees will be chosen periodically
by a special committee, Mayor Bill Purcell said at a news
conference held near the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Purcell said the first inductees will be announced in
November during the Country Music Association's annual "CMA
Music Week," prior to the 40th Anniversary awards show.

A project of the city's convention and tourism bureau, the
walkway of sidewalk plaques will stretch from downtown
Nashville to Music Row.

Funding for the project is being provided by Gibson Guitar,
the musical instrument manufacturer headquartered in Nashville.

"Hollywood may have the Hollywood Walk of Fame but ours
will be the only one that truly sings," Gibson's chief
executive Henry Juszkiewicz said.