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John Prine, Patsy Cline, Dr. Paul T. Kwami to join Music City Walk of Fame

The Tennessean (Nashville) 9/26/2022 Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean

A beloved folk singer, a country legend, a Music Row titan and a longtime torchbearer for the Fisk Jubilee Singers enter the Music City Walk of Fame next month.

The latest Walk of Fame class includes singer-songwriter John Prine, "Crazy" Country Music Hall of Famer Patsy Cline, music industry veteran Ed Hardy and Dr. Paul T. Kwami, former music director of the Grammy Award-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers.

The four late stewards of Nashville entertainment and culture join the Walk of Fame at a free public ceremony set for Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. in downtown Nashville's Walk of Fame Park. The new additions now brings Nashville's Walk of Fame to 97 sidewalk stars.

John Prine performs during the 2018 Americana Honors and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. © Larry McCormack / The Tennessean John Prine performs during the 2018 Americana Honors and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

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As with most Walk of Fame inductions, the ceremony comes with plenty of star power. The event plans to feature Brenda Lee presenting on behalf of John Prine; Trisha Yearwood celebrating Patsy Cline; CeCe Winans honoring Kwami; and Garth Brooks paying tribute to Hardy, according to a Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. news release.

The induction coincides with what would've been Prine's 76th birthday and a weeklong celebration of the singer held in music venues throughout Nashville.

Prine, Cline and company mark the second class to be inducted this year; Bobby Bare, Dierks Bentley, Keb' Mo' and Connie Smith entered the Walk of Fame at a ceremony held last April. Organizers recognize inductees for "their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song," according to a news release.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: John Prine, Patsy Cline, Dr. Paul T. Kwami to join Music City Walk of Fame

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