Singer/songwriter John Rich was honored this week by the State of Tennessee and Dickson County with the installation of a “Tennessee Music Pathways” marker honoring his contributions to the state’s rich musical heritage. At the marker reveal in downtown Dickson, Rich shared memories of his time attending Dickson County High School his senior year. Rich was joined by city leaders Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial, City of Dickson Mayor Dr. Don L. Weiss, State Representative Jody Barrett, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development Assistant Commissioner Melanie Beauchamp, along with civic and community leaders. The event was hosted at the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum.
Rich is a multi-platinum hit generator and music industry leader. He catapulted to stardom as half of the mega-successful country-rock duo, Big & Rich, with four albums and 15 singles landing on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Whether through a raucous party anthem or a sober reflection on hard times in the heartland, Rich’s ability to capture the American zeitgeist in song has made him one of the most successful and prolific entertainers in the music industry today.
In 2011, his business acumen and leadership led him to win Donald Trump’s NBC show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” He’s an avid philanthropist, having raised upwards of $1.5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rich launched his lifestyle brand Redneck Riviera in 2014 with an apparel line geared to the ‘work hard, play hard’ crowd.
ABOUT TENNESSEE MUSIC PATHWAYS:
Launched by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development in 2018, Tennessee Music Pathways is an online planning guide that connects visitors to the state’s rich musical heritage at tnmusicpathways.com.