Jack White and country singer Loretta Lynn have been inducted into Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
The pair both received a plaque on the one-mile stretch of sidewalk in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday afternoon (June 4). The stretch also features plaques for Kings Of Leon, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Kid Rock and Jimi Hendrix.
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Speaking at the induction ceremony, White thanked the city of Nashville for their support and acceptance of his Third Man Records headquarters, which he opened in the city in 2009. “Nashville has been so incredibly open and supportive of what I and everyone at Third Man Records have tried to create since day one, and I will never forget it,” White said. “Art can thrive in oppressive conditions and also in supportive ones. I thank the community of Nashville for being the supportive kind and giving back to us.”
White followed up his speech with a blog post on his website: “This is really a big honor and it speaks volumes about Nashville… that you would accept for example, what we’ve done with Third Man Records here in this city and accept it so well, nurture it and help us make something come alive. 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.”
“This is a very difficult time for music in the last decade, and I urge everybody here to do everything they can to support local artists and buy their records and keep music sacred.”
See photos of the event above and below.
Earlier this week (June 2) White revealed that his label Third Man Records is to open a new store in the former White Stripes’ home town of Detroit. The store is a joint venture between White and retail company Shinola. The singer and guitarist recently purchased the Cass Corridor building, which houses Shinola’s headquarters, and he’ll open the Third Man outlet by Black Friday – the US retail holiday that falls the day after Thanksgiving and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
Having recently gone on hiatus from live performing, White is currently involved in a number of different projects and was among the big name musicians who helped launch Tidal this year. He recently defended his involvement in the company following criticisms that have included suggestions that its model will only favour mainstream acts, and that it’s little more than a vanity project.