Music City Walk of Fame Presented by Gibson Guitar Announces Induction of Steve WinwoodRock 'n' Roll Icon Earns Star on Nashville's Music Mile
Nashville, Tenn. – Music City, Inc. has announced the newest inductee into the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by Gibson Guitar, to be rock ‘n’ roll legend Steve Winwood. The two-time Grammy®-winning composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist will participate in an official ceremony, including the unveiling of a commemorative sidewalk marker on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park. The induction ceremony, sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public. Durango Boot Company and Black River Entertainment are also supporting sponsors of the event.
“We are pleased to induct music icon Steve Winwood into the Music City Walk of Fame, as he is a perfect example of the diverse music that comes out of Nashville,” said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It is the immense talent and creative contributions by Mr. Winwood and the inductees before him that make Nashville, Music City.”
The Music City Walk of Fame, created in the fall of 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration. With the addition of Winwood, the Walk of Fame boasts 59 stars.
A permanent sidewalk medallion with Winwood’s name displayed in a star-and-guitar design will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile. Winwood’s plaque will be inlaid in Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun, between 4th and 5th Avenues South.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB), and is produced with the support of presenting sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors GAC, Durango Boot, Black River Entertainment, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks.
Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee.
For more than four decades, Birmingham, England-native Steve Winwood has remained one of the primary figures in the rock ‘n’ roll genre. Beginning his music career at the age of fifteen with the Spencer Davis Group, Winwood later went on to perform with Traffic, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, prior to his solo career, which began in 1977. His unmistakable voice, which can be heard in his nine albums to date, has traces of English Folk, R&B, West African calypso and Delta Blues.
Winwood’s career has earned him two Grammy® Awards for Record of the Year, Back in the High Life, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his No. 1 single “Higher Love.” Winwood is also known for classics such as “Keep On Running”, “Gimme Some Lovin”, “I’m A Man”, “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Valerie”.
Winwood has many Music City ties and is known for using his music to support the Nashville community. He and his wife Eugenia, a Trenton, Tenn.-native, have had an endowment scholarship at Belmont University since marrying in 1987. A part-time Music City resident since the late 80s, Winwood credited his move with rekindling interest in his own musical roots of 60s R&B, to which he paid homage in his 1988 record Roll With It. He recorded both Roll With It and the theme song from Steven Spielberg’s “Balto” at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville.
Winwood served as the opening performer for the fourth annual Nashville Music Awards as well as the halftime performer for the inaugural Music City Bowl in 1998, which was nationally broadcast live on ESPN. Winwood was the recipient of the Nashville Symphony Ball Harmony Award as well as the BMI Icon Award. He will perform a benefit concert for Radnor Lake at Fontanel Mansion on Friday, May 18.
Winwood continues to perform throughout the world and record new music. In addition to his many achievements as a solo artist, Winwood remains in high demand for notable collaborations with other artists. His distinctive Hammond organ has graced such classic fare as fellow Music City Walk of Fame inductee Jimi’s Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” as well as Miranda Lambert’s recent chart hit “Baggage Claim”.
About the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVB’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.
About Gibson Guitar
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson’s HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar, the Gibson Robot Les Paul and the Gibson Dark Fire guitar represent the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Gibson Baldwin Music Education, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com or www.gibson.com/press
About Great American Country
Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment, and delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 59 million households and online at www.GACTV.com.
About Durango Boot
Founded in 1966, Durango Boot® manufactures and markets quality-crafted western and fashion footwear for men, women and children. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. For more information visit www.durangoboot.com
About Black River Entertainment
Black River Entertainment is based in Nashville, Tenn. and is the home to country music entertainers Craig Morgan, Sarah Darling, Due West and Glen Templeton. The company also operates the newly renovated Sound Stage and Ronnie's Place recording studios, Black River Publishing and Black River Management. For more information about Black River Entertainment please visit www.blackriverent.com.