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Country star Vince Gill inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk

By Shawn Price   |   Feb. 5, 2016 at 4:53 AM
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HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Country music star Vince Gill was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk Thursday.

The multi-Grammy Award-winning artist was inducted in a invitation-only ceremony at the Guitar Center music store's flagship Sunset Boulevard location in Hollywood. Joe Walsh, guitarist for the Eagles and a legendary player in his own right, introduced Gill.

"It is an absolute honor to be chosen by my peers to be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk," Gill said. "I've always been grateful to be able to spend my life doing what I love to do, and to be recognized in such a monumental way, cemented next to the legendary artists reflected on the RockWalk, is a moment I could never have imagined when I picked up that very first guitar."

Jake Cheung, manager of music marketing and artist relations at Guitar Center, said Gill is not only "a legend in the music world with 20 Grammys and countless other accolades, but he has also forged a meaningful career as a humanitarian, producer and collaborator," Cheung said. "These, among other attributes, are what make Vince Gill the perfect example of the type of artist we intend to honor with Guitar Center's RockWalk."

Gill is also a spokesman for America's Best Communities, a $10 million competition to revitalize small towns and rural communities and Thursday's induction didn't go unnoticed by one of the competition's sponsors.

"I can think of no one more deserving of this honor," said Frontier Communications Executive Chairman Maggie Wilderotter. "On behalf of Frontier Communications and all of our ABC partners, I extend our deepest congratulations to Vince and thank him for his significant contributions to country music."

Gill's hand prints will now join those of other musical innovators such as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C., and Queen.

Gill releases "Down to My Last Bad Habit," his latest solo album on Feb. 12 before he reunites with Lyle Lovett for a 13-city tour of acoustic shows.

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