Superstar country ensemble Little Big Town will soon be featured on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
After finally finding commercial success in the late 2000s, the band’s chugged along to become one of modern country’s most noteworthy contributors. Most recently, Little Big Town became the first act to ever hold a residency at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Speaking of the Ryman, Little Big Town isn’t the only act that will be recognized by the Walk of Fame. Captain Tom Ryman and Lula C. Naff will be joining the band as the walk’s 75th, 76th and 77th stars during the upcoming induction ceremony. As the Ryman celebrates 125 years of grand musical history, their inclusion couldn’t be more warranted.
Tom Ryman spearheaded the construction of the Ryman after finding inspiration to pursue his dream by a revival preacher Samuel Porter Jones. Way back then in 1892, it was called the Union Gospel Tabernacle. When Ryman died in 1904, it was Jones who recommended that the auditorium be renamed in his honor.
Luna C. Naff took over the Ryman’s direction in 1914. Under her 40 years of leadership, the house of worship became regarded as a beacon in Nashville for more than just religious events. She booked lectures from U.S. presidents Howard and Taft to the concerts that we know and love the auditorium for now. It’s because of her direction that the Ryman has become all that it is today.
Being inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame has become one of the greatest honors that could be bestowed upon an artist. Representing Nashville’s musical heritage, only the cream of the crop of the city’s historical influencers get a star. Previous inductees include Loretta Lynn and Jack White, as well as Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and Elvis.
Little Big Town, Ryman and Naff will be inducted on Sept. 14 at 1 pm at the Walk of Fame Park. The event is open to the public and admission is totally free.