A big week got even bigger for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on Wednesday as the superstar country couple received their own stars on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
Hill and McGraw unveiled their stars in the pavement at Walk of Fame Park on Wednesday morning as an audience of family, friends and hundreds of fans cheered them on.
It was an emotional morning that followed a momentous night for the couple. On Tuesday, they announced a new world tour while performing for the first time at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“I can't look at my mom right now,” McGraw said Wednesday, tearing up as he took the podium with his family in the front row.
McGraw remembered his first night in Nashville back in 1989. He arrived on a Greyhound bus with a guitar and a suitcase, and that same day, he met songwriters Craig Wiseman and Tommy Barnes, who would co-write his hits “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Indian Outlaw.”
“I sang all over this town,” he said. “I love this city. I knew when I moved here that whether I was going to be toting somebody's guitar case or if I was going to be pushing a road case around, this was what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life and this was where I was going to live.”
It was a beautiful, sunny scene at Walk of Fame Park, which sits downtown next to Bridgestone Arena, the Hilton hotel and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The clatter of construction surrounded the park too, though some workers stopped to look down on the scene from their skyscrapers.
Hill, who moved to Nashville nearly 30 years ago, noted the progress.
“We're a small community, yes. We are growing, yes. But the people that live around this place will always remain good old-fashioned folk that welcome people from around the globe. And that's what makes me so proud to be a Nashvillian. That is what makes Tim and I so proud to raise our children here.”
Both artists were introduced by Reba McEntire, and they both noted how many people they saw in the crowd who were responsible for their success, including the fans. Their memories of the early days, of course, included the moment the two met.
“The best thing that happened to me was in 1996. I went on a tour called the Spontaneous Combustion tour,” McGraw said as fans cheered. “And I had a really hot chick (who was touring with us). And I fought to stay away from her as long as I could. And that lasted about as long as her job at McDonald's. I'm not gonna go into detail, but it was a great tour, I can tell you that.”