On Sunday, November 10 in Nashville, Tennessee, Music City, Inc. honored the eighth class of inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar. The inductees included the late Eddy Arnold, Little Jimmy Dickens, Kris Kristofferson, Rascal Flatts, Mel Tillis and Bobby Hebb, who passed away earlier this year. The honorees were recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers.

Kristofferson paid homage to two of his fellow inductees in his acceptance speech, saying, “It’s such an honor to be sitting up here with the likes of Jimmy Dickens and Mel Tillis, who are two of my first heroes. Mel was probably the first person I met in Nashville. I won’t go into the trouble we got into.”

Rascal Flatts were equally honored by the occasion. “The last 10 years has been amazing for us,” guitarist Joe Don Rooney said. “We have gotten to do some things that you can only dream of. And, as little boys growing up in Ohio and Oklahoma, this is what we wanted to do. We wanted to be in this town, we wanted to be in the music business, we wanted to challenge ourselves to write songs and cut material that would touch people’s lives and affect people’s lives in a big way. When you get to do that, it’s pretty amazing and extraordinary.”