Eric Church Among Music City Walk of Fame Inductees

Eric Church now has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville. The country music superstar was honored alongside Joe and Linda Chambers, co-founders of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation CEO Butch Spyridon, Joe, who passed away in September, was inducted posthumously.

“I thought I had big dreams, but this is beyond those things,” the North Carolina native said (via, reflecting on the 23 years he has called Nashville home. “I met my wife here…had my kids here…it’s become home to me.”

“I’m very thankful – that’s my main takeaway,” he continued. “I’m thankful to my Maker, I’m thankful to my wife, my family, I’m thankful to all the partners I’ve had in recorded music. Most of all, I’m thankful for the fans.”

Church was lauded by his close friend, ESPN journalist Marty Smith, prior to his induction.

“What you have to remember is this: songwriters save lives…and one is sitting right there who saved mine,” Smith said of Church. “Their work is a sanctuary where we can find comfort, shelter, and belonging. It just so happens that I found my sanctuary in Church.”

Garth Brooks, who received his own star on the Music City Walk of Fame in 2015, inducted both the Chambers and Spyridon.

“[The Music City Walk of Fame is] paved with stars honoring people who had a dream,” Brooks said of both Joe and Linda. “The star goes down today honoring a man who is no longer with us, celebrating a life well lived. Right alongside him, we are honoring Linda Chambers, who is living a life well lived”.

“These two have done and been doing it for someone else, which makes me love them even more,” he added.

Of Spyridon, Brooks praised him for his numerous contributions to Nashville, including the Nashville Museum of African American Music.

“The next time you’re wandering around here thinking, ‘Man, who thinks of all this stuff?’ It’s Butch Spyridon,” Brooks boasted.

Church will soon have even deeper roots in Music City. The 45-year-old plans to open his new Nashville bar, Chief’s, later this year. The six-story space, which will included  a ticketed music venue, is located at 200 Broadway,

“Like everything we do with our music, the same care and consideration has gone into every detail of this place,” Church says. “It will be unrivaled downtown. I can’t wait to play here.”

Church is spending much of the next few months on the road, headlining his The Outsiders Revival Tour, with a rotating list of opening acts, including Ashley McBrydeJelly RollLainey WilsonParker McCollumTravis TrittMidland and more. Find music and tour dates at

The Music City Walk of Fame is located at 121 4th Ave S, in downtown Nashville.